The Keys ep37 The national partisans
The national partisans and their fight against the Soviet occupation.
Latvia does not celebrate the Victory Day on 9 May not only because the end of WW2 brought it years of occupation; it is because there was more war to come. That year, there were about 500 groups of partisans on Latvian soil, with around 20 000 fighters and as many supporters. The partisans fought across the entire territory of Latvia, but these were mostly small, uncoordinated resistance groups. The first skirmishes took place in summer 1944 in Latgale as the Red Army crossed the Latvian border. Abrene administrative region developed the largest and best-organized partisan network, the Latvian National Partisan Union. The way the group started was straight out of a spy film.