Operation Marienburg-Stellung

Marienburg position

This was a German defence line in occupied Latvia (summer/autumn 1944).

Extending from the western shore of Lake Pskov along a generally south-westerly line toward Madona, the ‘Marienburg-Stellung’ defences were designed to cover the approaches to northern Latvia and Estonia from the south-east by General Ivan I. Maslennikov’s 3rd Baltic Front, which was faced by General Herbert Loch’s 18th Army of Generaloberst Johannes Friessner’s Heeresgruppe ‘Nord’.

The Soviet 'Šiauliai Offensive Operation' to clear the Baltic states began on 5 July 1944, and swiftly drove through the strictly limited defensive positions of the ‘Marienburg-Stellung’.