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Lithuanian volunteer photo?

Postby Askold on 29 Mar 2006 00:48

Can anyone tell me what uniform is this person wearing? Is this some pre-war Lithuanian para-military organization or WWII Lithuanian TAR/Schuma member?
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Postby Armenische_Legionar on 02 Apr 2006 19:05

WOW, Askold is this nice Lituanian yours????????

very rare and nice photo if it's in your collection
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Postby panzerIV on 02 Apr 2006 19:28

You're sure it's Lithuanian? The arm shield look somewhat Ukraine? :)
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Postby Askold on 03 Apr 2006 01:29

Paitience, paitience..... :) I am working on geting this photo to match my lithuanian shield. My concern is that this is pre-war uniform (judging by the funny hat) of some Rifleman Bund.

P.S. No this is not Ukrainian "Truzub" but Lithuanian "Kolumny" . I think both symbols are related, since we used to be one Dutchy in the middle ages.
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Postby Askold on 12 Apr 2006 15:50

Now this photo resides in my collection :)
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Postby Semenov on 14 Apr 2006 22:16

Hi,
In book Wojsko Litewskie 1918-1940 this uniform or similiar not found.
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Postby Askold on 14 Apr 2006 22:39

Thanks for the info Semenov. I was thinking that this could either be:

1. Some interwar Lithuanian nationalistic organizations (Riflemen Union?)
2. Lithuanian Forest Brother (but he's too clean and mantained to look like a partizan)
3. Lithuanian Police officer.
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Postby Semenov on 14 Apr 2006 23:01

Hi,
I think he the forest brother, but not the policeman and not rifleman (see Odnostryj) it is exact. Though for the guerrilla he very well looks.
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Postby Lit. on 18 Jul 2006 09:19

I think:

1) picture is probably taken after 1945 (after the WW2);

2) he is not "Forest Brother" (Lithuanian Partizan from 1944-1965), nor "Saulys" ("Rifleman" paramilitary organization"), nor from Schuma or other German military unit;

3) it could be some refugee, from DP, somewhere in the West, with foreign military uniform (American? British? Canadian?...), and Lithuanain arm schield is only Lithuanian part of this strange uniform.
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Postby Askold on 18 Jul 2006 23:02

Lit:

The photo was found in Germany, it could have connectiont to DP's, but then why a para-military look? Here's the answer I got from my friend Lithuanian who helped me on the subject:

"Nevertheless, the most reasonable explanation is that this photo presenting a “jaunalietuvį” (jauna(s)= young; lietuvį(is)=lithuanian >>>younglithuanian). The younglithuanians were called a Lithuanian political party (movement) which was driven by mostly young and enthusiastic people. And jaunalietuviai (younglithuanians) had a separate uniform. So this could explain an unusual uniform which could not be paralleled with military. The people which I talked say, that the unusual “hat” could be a fashion matter which came from Italian Mussolini fascist party (there it was used quite often).
They also say that the person which is in photo could be a “lower rank” juonglithuanian. "

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Postby Orlov on 20 Jul 2006 22:55

Next photo shot in Germany or Lithuania. Note the tri-color shield at the uniform (but I prepare better close-up of this shield)

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Postby Askold on 21 Jul 2006 16:26

Great pic Orlov, but can you provide a larger scan? And ofcourse the more photos the better ;)
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Re: Lithuanian volunteer photo?

Postby Lit. on 25 Mar 2009 18:03

Askold wrote:Can anyone tell me what uniform is this person wearing? Is this some pre-war Lithuanian para-military organization or WWII Lithuanian TAR/Schuma member?


This is probably prewar Lithuanian national youth organization "Jaunoji Lietuva" ("jaunalietuviai") uniform.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHic_Fh47gA
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