Forest Brothers

The Forest Brothers (also Brothers of the Forest; Forest Brethren; Forest Brotherhood; Estonian: metsavennad, Latvian: meža brāļi, Lithuanian: miško broliai) were Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian partisans who waged a guerrilla war against Soviet rule during the Soviet invasion and occupation of the three Baltic states during, and after, World War II. Similar anti-Soviet Eastern European resistance groups fought against Soviet and communist rule in Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, and western Ukraine.

The Red Army occupied the independent Baltic states in 1940–1941 and, after a period of German occupation, again in 1944–1945. As Stalinist repression intensified over the following years, 50,000 residents of these countries used the heavily-forested countryside as a natural refuge and base for armed anti-Soviet resistance.

Resistance units varied in size and composition, ranging from individually operating guerrillas, armed primarily for self-defense, to large and well-organized groups able to engage significant Soviet forces in battle.

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Estonia In World War II - Soviet Return
... After the retreat of Germans, about 30,000 Forest Brothers remained in hiding in the Estonian forests, further on leading a massive guerrilla war ... SS Grenadier Regiment, Friedrich Kurg, stood with most of his men in Estonian forests ... In 1949 27,650 Soviet troops still led a war against the Forest Brothers ...
Baltic Offensive - Aftermath - Reoccupation of The Baltic States
... An armed resistance movement of 'forest brothers' was active until the mass deportations ... The Soviet authorities fighting the forest brothers suffered also hundreds of deaths ... Besides the armed resistance of the forest brothers, a number of underground nationalist schoolchildren groups were active ...
Forest Brothers (Georgia)
... The Forest Brothers (Georgian ტყის ძმები, tq'is dz'mebi) was a guerrilla group consisting mostly of ethnic Georgians who remained in Abkhazia after the Georgian regular army's ... the Georgian Interior Ministry, under the cover of its guerilla warfare, the Forest Brothers engaged in kidnappings, smuggling and other crimes ... The Forest Brothers were led by Dato Shengelia ...
Tartu Offensive - Aftermath - Soviet Reoccupation
... An armed resistance movement of 'forest brothers' was active until the mass deportations ... The Soviet authorities fighting the forest brothers suffered also hundreds of deaths ... Besides the armed resistance of the forest brothers, a number of underground nationalist schoolchildren groups were active ...
Forest Brothers - Aftermath, Memorials and Remembrances - The Last Forest Brother
... The last known Forest Brother was Jānis Pīnups, who became a citizen of Latvia again only in 1994 ... He had gone to the forest in 1945 as a member of a resistance organization called "Don't Serve the Occupying Army" ... His hideaway was in a forest in Pelēči parish ...

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