20.Waffen-Grenadierdivision der ϟϟ

Eesti relvagrenaderide SS-diviis
The Soviet air force conducted an air raid, leveling the historic town of Narva on March 6 1944. Soviet air assaults against civilians in Estonian towns were a part of the offensive, aimed at forcing the Estonians away from supporting the German side. Nevertheless, the European SS volunteers succeeded in holding the western bank of the Narva River throughout the spring of 1944. Hundreds of thousands Balts took refuge from the Soviet army by fleeing to Germany and Sweden. For the next fifty years the people of Estonia would pay
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for their complicity with the Reich, a debt paid by their inclusion in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. 
In all three countries, Baltic partisans, known colloquially as the Forest Brothers, Latvian national partisans, and Lithuanian partisans (1944-1953), waged unsuccessful guerrilla warfare against the Soviet occupation for the next eight years in a bid to regain their nations' independence. Images: Estonian SS volunteers getting ready to be sent to the northern parts of the Eastern Front to fight off the Soviets. Public domain.

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