Martin was a career military officer. He studied medicine at University of Tartu and after graduating in 1914 was mobilised into the Russian Army, seeing action in World War One. During the Estonian War of Independence Martin volunteered and served in the 1st Infantry Regiment as a senior doctor from 21st November 1918 – 30th May 1919. On Independence Day in 1921 Martin was awarded the Cross of Liberty. In 1937 Martin was promoted to the rank of Major General and served as the head of the Estonian Army Medical Service from 1935 until Estonia was occupied by the Soviet Union in 1940. In 1941 Martin was arrested by the Red Army and murdered in Chelyabinsk Prison Camp, Russia on the 15th September 1942.
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FOTOD ja FAKTID: Johan Laidoner ning Eesti armee vangistatud eliit enne oma surma