Thanks for correcting name Baltic
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One of most outstanding figures in WW2, that in Lithuania ended only after 1993.08.31 (when the last soldier of Russian occupation forces had left the country) was architect Juozas Luksa - "Daumantas", "Skirmantas"
(1921.08.10 - 1951.09.04).
He joined armed fight in the Spring of 1945. 1947 became a commander of "Birute" brigade, "Tauras" district (south of Lithuania). In the May of 1947 together with J.Kriksciunas - "Rimvydas"
he crossed Iron Curtain (border) for Poland to restore contacts with Lithuanian political leaders in exile. Returned back and after some time crossed border (during the fighting with NKVD border units) again in 15th of October 1947. From Poland he reached the West - visited and made great number of contacts with Lithuanian leaders and unofficial with the officials from secret services of US, UK and France in W. Germany, France, Sweden - seeking for any political and military support from Western Democracies. Unfortunately, the only support he get - was a treason by NKVD-KGB agents infiltrated in UK MI, and US CIA.
get married in France with Lithuanian girl, both knowing, that he is going to return back soon, to continue his fight to the end. She died few years ago, still as a widow of Juozas Luksa.
During his short stay in the Free countries he wrote the book about what was really going on in Lithuania (the bestseller) "Freedom Fighters: Lithuanian Partisans Versus the U.S.S.R, 1944-1947"
The book was translated in many languages. Here is in English:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/ ... ryoflithua
In 1950.10.03 he was paratrooped with other two Lithuanian Freedom Fighters, (all armed and well trained in special secret service schools in France and W.Germany - Klemensas Sirvys - "Sakalas"
(1926-2003) and Benediktas Trumpys - "Rytis"
(1919-1951). During this landing in Zemaitija, they have lost some of the equipment, because of the traitors in UK MI. NKVD were well informed and waiting for them! But all 3 managed to reach the active Partisans in the South of Lithuania, "Tauras" military district. B.Trumpys - "Rytis"
KIA in 1951.05.20 in his bunker, near Zapyskis (close to Kaunas), but K.Sirvys - "Sakalas"
, from 1951.07.20 commander of "Zalgiris" brigade, in 1952.07.24 was not killed in action, but unfortunately only wounded. After NKVD treatment, he became a traitor of MGB and during 2 years was used for provocation and other purposes. After that he was sentenced 25 years in Communist Labor camp plus 5 years in exile. After that he in the 1970 returned to occupied Lithuania. Died in 2003.
Juozas Luksa - "Skirmantas"
died as a hero. Though NKVD-MGB-KGB made a lot of efforts to catch him alive. But failed. All the time J.Luksa was ready to use his guns, especially his Czechoslovakian submachine-gun "Samopal" - 25, 9 mm, which he brought with him after the last trip from the West. In the night of 4th of September 1951 Juozas Luksa - "Skirmantas"
used his "Sapopal" for the last time, hopefully killing some reds. Here you see his betrayed body. His 2 brothers, also Lithuanian partisans were killed in actions some years before. His old unarmed father was (cold blooded) killed in his farmland also some years before. During German occupation, his family gave shelter and hide some Russian soldier (POW), that escaped from the German camp. But present Russia and it's retaired KGB staff still hiding the place, where Juozas Luksa
remains are. The same is with his famous guns and other things, including private.
Nevertheless NKVD-MGB-KGB, now FSB are still very proud of shooting Juozas Luksa - "Daumantas"
. His gun and some of his other personal things and military equipment are still in the basement of famous "Lubyanka" (KGB Headquarters in Moscow) shown under glass in the inner museum of CK-NKVD-MGB-KGB-FSB-XXX, closed for personnel only.
This year was shown in our Cinemas a new Lithuanian Movie "Vienu Vieni" (unfortunately - not good enough to be proud of) about his life and his struggle for freedom.
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