Legenda donations


Legenda are a Latvian/international group of volunteers who search the battlefields of Latvia for missing soldiers from WW1 and WW2.

We are all volunteers and receive no funding to do this invaluble work.

We are not crowd funding to pay for our volunteers trips to search as they are happy to fund this themselves but are looking for funding for the following : 

Equipment Hire




Funeral expenses 

Any donations large or small are very gratefully received and could help bring closure for these soldiers and their living relatives. Thank you.

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2018 June expedition

The big international expedition of 2018 is finished.

We found and exhumed two Imperial Russian mass graves from WWI where we found 10 soldiers, MIA German WWI soldier in shallow field grave a lost WWII German cemetery from which we recovered 16 soldiers and one lost Soviet mass grave where are more than 80 soldiers but we are not sure on the number as the work is still in progress and on the last day we have found one Latvian SS soldier buried in trench.

A full expedition report from Legenda member Inka Holmes/ Hobbyhistorica :



Also see our Facebook page for more info on this expedition.







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Legenda 2018 news




Greetings from all of us at Legenda, the season for searching is nearly here again as the weather is improving and the days are getting longer so we hope to find and recover more missing soldiers in 2018 and give them the respect and proper burial they deserve.

We will post what we find and keep you up to date with the progress of all our expeditions and burials that are planned for this year.

Best wishes from all of us at Legenda.



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Competition winners

Thankyou to everyone who participated in our competition and in purchasing a ticket you have helped us to continue the work we do in the recovery of lost soldiers.


the winners are :

1st prize to join us next year was won by Jason karlen

We look forward to seeing you next year.

2nd prize of a helmet and a signed legenda diggers book was won by Andre Van stuiveberg.

3rd prize of a signed legenda diggers book was won by Marc Brockers.

Congratulations to all our winners and again thanks to everyone who entered.






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Legenda Autumn Expididtion 2016

Please click on the Link below to see a full report of our most recent expedition in Latvia.


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Legenda Spring expedition 2016

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Hobbyhistorica link to Spring expedition :


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Repatriation of fallen soldiers

After a lot of hard work which has taken Legenda 4 years to be complete in Russia we have exhumed many soldiers from a  Latvian SS cemetery which was plundered by “Black Diggers” who are grave robbers that destroy graves, steal relics and then illegally sell them on the black market giving us little chance of identifying any soldiers remains.

And because the cemetery over the years has become a swamp we didn’t think it was possible to recover these soldiers.

We do this difficult  work  because we love our small country and care about finding these lost soldiers before they are lost forever.

If you do something difficult… and you don’t think about it to much….  you will earn something for that work… pride for yourself and your country…. and your homeland will becomes stronger… Legenda live by these ideas and principal…… 

Some ignorant and misinformed people say that we are carrying out our work in the wrong way, and we are not doing it for science purposes but that doesn’t mean we are wrong to search and recover the missing ! we are doing it with much care and respect and our thoughts are for any living relatives of these lost soldiers and hopefully through our work we can find there missing loved ones.

We recovered 236 lost soldiers giving some comfort to there families and now they have been found they have a place to rest in peace and a place for the families to visit.

When we see and meet relatives of a fallen soldier, for whom we have helped solve a 70-75 year mystery and give closure to the tragedy of there family…. We are happy!

Link to the Facebook Story :



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