At the Officers' School in Neweklau

Alfons Rebane, Harald Riipalu and Paul Maitla arrived to Germany. In Neuhammer, to be more precise, where Harald Nugiseks from Merano also came. Almost all Estonians in uniforms got the order to go there. But there were thousands of soldiers that matched this description, those who had left Estonia and those who had been in Germany for quite a while. The aim was to reform the Estonian 20th SS Division and other units consisting of Estonians. About 15,000 Estonian men arrived to Neuhammer, which is quite close to the town of Sagen. Like before, Franz Augsberger became the division leader. The formation of a backup regiment took place in Denmark. The training in Neuhammer was supposed to last until April 1945. Many men were sent to the junior officers' school. About 9,000 Estonians remained in Neuhammer.

A meeting took place in Neuhammer before Christmas and this has been captured on a photo too. Three Knight's Cross recipients met: Rebane, Riipalu and Nugiseks. Paul Maitla was missing because he was wounded during retreating from Estonia and was now in hospital. A mutual Christmas greeting was forwarded to Estonian people and it was read in the radio. It was probably published in newspapers too, at least Ants Saar has mentioned it in his book with the subtitle “The Bandit Leader Alfons Rebane”. Was there any point to all of it? Probably not. But the anger was still inside the men and no one can survive without hope. If there isn't any hope, people make it up. Even the Russians' western allies hated the communists. And with a secret idea, which gave them self-justification, the men started to form Estonian armored forces, so that if necessary they could join the Allied Forces to fight with the Soviet Union and Estonia would be saved.

In order to get accepted to Neweklau, one had to pass several stages so that it could be established who are ready to fulfill the rough tasks of officers. One test was followed by another until Harald finally found out he was accepted. Neweklau was situated near Brno in Bohemia, Czechoslovakia, and it was a small borough where Estonians got to use an old manor's country estate, like it was then called, the Flosklau fort. Their neighbors were Latvians, who used the manor's outhouses and the manor lord's house. The teaching was divided into two: the preparative level, which lasted two months, and the cadets' course, which lasted four months. After every two months new trials took place, during which the students had to show who was ready to become an officer.

Until that time about a few hundred Estonian men had graduated the Neveklau officers' school. The leader of the school was reserve officer Lieutenant Kompus (died 1994 in Tartu), who had graduated the aspirants' course at the Estonian Military School. There have been some written data according to which Kompus behaved cruelly with officer candidates. Harald Nugiseks does not confirm that. Other Estonians, such as Lieutenants Väär, Pastak and Saag, worked at the school as the teachers of introductory courses, the teachers of special courses were Nurmissaar, Sillat and Raudsepp.

Neweklau was a naturally picturesque place with hills, forests and villages in the valleys. Estonians were amazed that the villages had no inhabitants. Most village people had been murdered by the Germans, because they were suspected of helping the murder of Reinhard Heydrich. The initial rumor was that Heydrich was killed in a forest near Neweklau. The Moldau river flowed nearby and the Czech capital Prague was not very far, Estonians went shopping there.

This was another school, which Harald Nugiseks didn't graduate, like it had happened with the schools in Türi and Paide. The first schools were unfinished because of the beginning of the war, the last one unfinished because of the ending of the war. When Nugiseks had spent four months at the officers' school, the front reached Czech. The officer candidates from the school were also sent to the front.