An Evaluation of the Anti-Soviet Guerrilla Warfare Potential in Soviet Estonia
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The study examines the existence of a significant anti-Soviet guerrilla warfare potential in Soviet Estonia, and its possible usefulness to USNATO strategy. The conclusions are based on the little-known anti-Soviet guerrilla operations by Estonian guerrillas in 1941 and 1944-1957, and on an assessment of the current political orientation of Soviet Estonians. Estonian emigree publications were particularly valuable. The research indicates that the anti-Soviet and anti-Russian feelings of Soviet Estonians have not abated and are actually intensifying, and that significant anti-Soviet guerrilla warfare can be expected in Soviet Estonia in case of war between the USNATO and the Soviet block. Immediate and substantial US support to Estonian guerrillas will markedly enhance their operations. Taken in the context of the larger anti-Soviet guerrilla warfare potential believed to exist in the entire Soviet- dominated Eastern Europe, proper exploitation of this potential in case of war is in US interest.
- Unconventional Warfare