Vincent Hunt has done an excellent job of researching his data. Speaking to participants, observers and those who were most affected by this war in Latvia. Fortunately there are still some living. As the German Army retreated to the Baltic coast, trying desperately to keep an avenue open for the fleeing troops and refugees, the Soviet advance was merciless to the Latvian inhabitants who they believed had helped the Germans. The real tragedy was that each army had conscripted young men as they took their turn marching through the country, so Latvians found themselves involved in bloody fighting against their father, brothers or other relatives.