Hello everyone, We are stumped on something my friend's mother Lillian has told us, and has been telling family members for as long as anyone can remember. She says that as a little girl growing up in the port town of Ventspils, Latvia, she remembers her family's home being commandeered by troops so that their captain could live there, at which point her family was moved to an apartment. Later, when Russian troops entered the city in 1940, they took her family's house and basically destroyed it. She would have been 8 years old when the Russians arrived. Here is where we are stumped. She remembers these first troops as being Americans. She would have probably been somewhere between the ages of 4 and 7 to be able to remember them taking her house, and she remembers them as being very nice. But this doesn't make sense to us -- why would American troops have been in the Baltic states prior to entering the war? Unfortunately, Lillian has Alzheimer's, and her memory is sketchy, but as I mentioned, she was telling this story of Americans in Latvia long before her illness started. We can only figure that as a child she got the identity of the soldiers wrong, and believed all her life that they were Americans. She was very well educated as a child, and could speak German and English in addition to Latvian, so would it make sense for those soldiers to have been German? After all, she would have been able to understand them in the same way she would have understood Americans. Or were these troops Russians -- just a nicer group of soldiers than the ones who would come in later? I can't locate information anywhere about troops from any nation being in Latvia in the 1930s. Everything I read confirms that they were an independent state at the time. Even if Americans had a military base there, it seems quite unlikely they would commandeer some local family's home for their captain to live in. Does anyone have any theories on who these mystery soldiers might be? What could it be that Lilian is remembering? Thank you in advance to any of you wonderful historians who can shed some light on this puzzle.