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Ain Mere
February 22, 1903 ‚Äď April 5, 1969
Place of death April 5, 1969, Leicester, England
Allegiance  Estonia
Soviet Union Soviet Union
Flag of Germany 1933.svg Nazi Germany
Years of service 1918‚Äď1940 Estonian Army
1941‚Äď1943 Estonian Omakaitse
1943‚Äď1945 Waffen SS
Rank SS-Obersturmbannf√ľhrer
Unit Estonian Air Force, 20th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Estonian)
Battles/wars Estonian War of Independence
World War II Eastern Front
*Battle of Narva
Awards Order of the Cross of the Eagle
Iron Cross 2nd and 1st Class

Ain Mere (from birth to Estification Ervin Martson), February 22, 1903 ‚Äď April 5, 1969, Leicester, England) was an Estonian military officer. During the World War II, he was an Obersturmbannf√ľhrer (Lieutenant Colonel) in the Waffen SS and also the head of the Sicherheitspolizei in Estonia (Estonian Security Police) following its creation in 1942.

He was born in Vändra and fought voluntarily in the Estonian War of Independence. At spring 1919, serving on an aromerd train, Mere got wounded and was sent to rear.

According to the KGB archives, he was in 1940‚Äď1941 drafted as an agent of NKVD. He was known under code name "M√ľller"[1][2].

In July 1941 Mere deserted from the Red Army and came back to Estonia.

On February 5, 1945 in Berlin, he founded the Eesti Vabadusliit (anti-communist group) together with SS-Obersturmbannf√ľhrer Harald Riipalu.[3]

He was sentenced to the capital punishment during the Holocaust trials in Soviet Estonia but was not extradited by Great Britain and died there in peace.

References

  1. ^ (Estonian) Koputajad raiuti raamatusse
  2. ^ (Estonian) (Swedish) [1]
  3. ^ Veebruari s√ľndmused (Estonian)

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