Walter von Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt continued to command German forces in Latvia after the Race Invasion of Tosev 3 in 1942. While headquartered in Riga, Brockdorff developed dysentery. Nonetheless, he felt duty-bound to continue on in his post, despite his failing health.
The German situation was so precarious that in early 1944, he had no choice but to refuse General Kurt Chill's request for more supplies to Pskov. Brockdorff was sincerely apologetic to Chill's messenger, Soviet pilot Ludmila Gorbunova. Upon informing her of the news, he asked Gorbunova to deliver landmines to partisans near Hrubieszów. Gorbunova agreed, and was subsequently shot down on the flight to Hrubieszow, where she had no choice but to join the partisans, and curse the name of Walter von Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt.
During their meeting, Gorbunova observed that Brockdorff looked as if he might fall over dead at any moment.