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just wondering why there was no such resistance fro the other two Baltic countries, Estonia and Latvia, or was there but we just don't know about it.
Arvo L. V. wrote:Esteemed Cipiao;
Let’s consider the Baltic States on their own; that is, no alliance with Finland or Poland, etc. Just the three. Theoretically, if Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania had combined all of their armed forces into one large “Baltic Army" in 1939, they could probably have fielded close to 500,000 men within 72 hours of mobilization - and this figure is surely on the high side. This “Baltic Army” would have contained the following land forces (regular army and reservists have been combined here):
Estonia: Four infantry divisions (120.000 men)
Latvia: Eight infantry divisions (200.000 men)
Lithuania: Six infantry division (170.000 men)
A theoretical “Baltic Army”: 18 infantry divisions (490.000 men)
Arvo L. V.
Mika68: The role of Russians in annihilate natzis were enourmously. Russians sacrified millions of soldiers and civilians. That's why i think that also Finnish president Halonen must take part of victory ceremonies.
Der Weisse Wolf wrote:I feel almost ashamed that I don't know much about that guerilla warfare in Baltics after the war. I did know something about "forest brothers", but I tought it was on much smaller scale. Brave men, indeed. Too bad that Baltic states were too small, since they obviously had some serious fighting spirit.
At least Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are part of NATO now and good for them. May be some day Finnish leftist politicians pull their heads out of their behind and join NATO too.
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Bacilla wrote:the "forest brothers," who took to the woods of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in a determined, if unsuccessful, effort to resist the re-Stalinization of the Baltic states. The forest brothers were most numerous in Lithuania, but an estimated 40,000 partisans existed in Latvia at the time; Resistance ended in mid 50`s, after Stalins death, when represions were more or less stopped, and there was no hope for western help...
In Estonia - in the end of 1945
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