The Forest Brothers - Armed Resistance in the Baltics Post 1944/5

Came across this interesting video on a topic I only became aware of a few weeks ago, the resistance against the Soviet Union in the Baltics up to early 1980's ! Nothing about this was ever mentioned during briefings during the Cold War? were we in contact with them, if WW3 had kicked off, would they have attacked Soviet lines of communication for NATO ? Even a large resistance in the Ukraine by the Ukraine Insurgent Army. A topic worth study?


 
Can't zoom in enough is that blank or has he got a belt of pure tracer?
From a film financed, I believe, by NATO - or certainly supported by elements of NATO. Sent certain trolls into meltdown.

However, how the fxck do you survive year in and year out in upto minus 30 in a forest and still remain effective against the Red Army. Apparently, British diesel subs may have been involved in re-supply in the early days with captured stocks of German ammunition added to which the local Latvian population seemed to support them as well as they could with food stocks.
 
Buy this book, OP. All about the subject and about how the Russians penetrated the resistance movements. A v good spy history.

 

DTBA

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I imagine, much like the Continental European efforts against Germany, the most eager and keen resistance was done in the bars and pubs long after the oppressor had left.
 
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SIS sent dozens of local agents into the Baltic States after the war; most were soon captured and executed (if you aren’t the squeamish type, visit the former KGB HQ in Vilnius). Kim Philby, along with Donald McLean, are thought to have betrayed them.
 

Serpico

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AFAIK, the Soviets had pretty much kicked their organisation to pieces by the late 50's/early 60's, killed the leaders etc, but I don't doubt there was folk still causing Ivan trouble long after that

A damn interesting topic though, extremely brave men
 
MG 'Ammo (Red Tip) looks a lot like the .223 polymer Trg rounds, rate of fire is way too slow.

A really interesting selection of firearms, spotted a frog MAS 36 amongst a few oddities.

IIRC all of those trained up by Allied forces / Nato were betrayed by Burgess/Mclean, especially those from Albania.
 
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MG 'Ammo (Red Tip) looks a lot like the .223 polymer Trg rounds, rate of fire is way too slow.

A really interesting selection of firearms, spotted a frog MAS 36 amongst a few oddities.

IIRC all of those trained up by Allied forces / Nato were betrayed by Burgess/Mclean, especially those from Albania.
Burgess was largely out of the e picture by 1945. Too drunk and debauched even for SIS.
 
I imagine, much like the Continental European efforts against Germany, the most eager and keen resistance was done in the bars and pubs long after the oppressor had left.
They're the one's in the bars claiming that they haven't gone away you know
 
From a film financed, I believe, by NATO - or certainly supported by elements of NATO. Sent certain trolls into meltdown.

However, how the fxck do you survive year in and year out in upto minus 30 in a forest and still remain effective against the Red Army. Apparently, British diesel subs may have been involved in re-supply in the early days with captured stocks of German ammunition added to which the local Latvian population seemed to support them as well as they could with food stocks.
The late Sir John Harvey-Jones was part of the RN effort, albeit as the CO of a surface flotilla. Ironically, he was a submariner in WWII.
 
Just to add a little more - 8 April 1950 a US Navy PB4Y-2 Privateer was shot down by Soviet AF aircraft over the Baltic by Soviet AF aircraft, then there was this incident involving Swedish AF aircraft.


Acknowledged the a/c were involved in SIGINT but shows the Soviets were jittery in this area. Tin foil hat were the a/c involved in other activities and the SIGINT a cover?
 
Iirc, we employed a former Kreigsmarine E-Boat, and crew, to run agents and supplies into the Baltic States. I think it was S-208.
Wiki says more than one was used:

The Gehlen Organization, an intelligence agency established by American occupation authorities in Germany in 1946 and manned by former members of the Wehrmacht's Fremde Heere Ost (Foreign Armies East), used Royal Navy's E-boats in order to infiltrate its agents into the Baltic states and Poland.[23]Royal Navy Commander Anthony Courtneywas struck by the potential capabilities of former E-boat hulls, and John Harvey-Jonesof the Naval Intelligence Division was put in charge of the project. He discovered that the Royal Navy still had two E-boats, P5230 and P5208, and had them sent to Portsmouth, where one of them, P5230 (ex-S130), was modified to reduce its weight and increase its power with the installation of two Napier Deltic engines of 2,500 hp apiece.[24]
Lieutenant-Commander Hans-Helmut Klosewas assigned to command a German crew, recruited by the British MI-6 and funded by the American Office of Policy Coordination. The missions were assigned the codename "Operation Jungle". The boats carried out their missions under the cover of the British Control Commission's Fishery Protection Service, which was responsible for preventing Soviet navy vessels from interfering with German fishing boats and for destroying stray mines. The home port of the boats was Kiel, and operated under the supervision of Harvey-Jones. Manned by Klose and his crew, they usually departed for the island of Bornholmwaving the White Ensign, where they would hoist the Swedish flag for a dash to Gotland, and there they would wait for orders from Hamburg. The first mission consisted in the landing of Lithuanian agents at Palanga, Lithuania, in May 1949,[25] and the last one took place in April 1955 in Saaremaa, Estonia.[26] During the last two years of the operation, three new German-built motorboats replaced the old E-boats.[27] Klose was later assigned the command of a patrol boat in the Bundesmarine and became commander-in-chief of the fleet before his retirement in 1978.[26]
 

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