As the Eastern Front is so huge, I thought I'd zoom in on a smaller part of it. My Latvian friend lives in Liepaja, know then as Libau. Reading in Barbarossa to Berlin Vol 1 by Brian Taylor I've come up with this. 24th June 1941 At Libau the 67th Rifle Division bloodily repulsed its (18th Army) XXVI Korps after a direct assault upon the town. Quickly investing the garrison, the Germans continued their advance. 25th June 1941 Along the Baltic coast the 291st Division was involved in further heavy fighting with 67th Rifle Division around Libau. The main part of the Korp continued its advance inland towards Riga as the 291st threw siege lines around the port. 26th June 1941 The 18th army was involved in further bitter fighting at Libau and inland along the road to Riga. Elements of XXVI Korp had driven deep into the Soviet flank and were advancing along the Libau-Riga road ... 27th June 1941 ....but elemnets were still held up at Libau. Repeated attacks were repelled and artillery bombardment failed to dislodge the garrison. 29th June 1941. ..after a bitter battle, the 291st Infantry Division finally captured Libau. 291 ID were 18th Army reserve, whose task was to clear the Baltic states of Soviet forces and support the left wing of the panzers as they marched the more direct route to Leningrad. I see co-incidentally,one of their Divisional; signs was the Elk I used as an avatar. Feldgrau :: 291.Infanterie-Division Anyone have further info to add on the battle for Libau? Maps , photos , etc What about the Red Army 67th Rifle Div? They sound a tough unit, any info on them? Cheers. just to add something.The killing fields of Skede The first SS Einsatzgruppen arrived on the very first day of the Nazi occupation (29 June 1941), killed a number of Jews and recruited volunteers for the Latvian "Self-Defense" unit. The latter promptly began to arrest Jews, especially members of the Workers Party, and took them to the Womens Prison which became a torture chamber and holding pen for the doomed. Some 47 Jews were shot by the Einsatzgruppen on 3 July 1941 and from then on mass executions became commonplace.