Forced mobilization into the Red Army Vytautas Tininis

Forced mobilization into the Red Army

Published: 2014

ISBN: 9786098037364

Number of pages: 312

Dimensions: 165 mm x 240 mm

Publisher: Lietuvos gyventojų genocido ir rezistencijos tyrimo centras

The monograph issue forced Lithuanian population use the Soviet armed forces at the end of the Second World War in 1944-1945. and then to 1950. In order to determine the effects of forced mobilization of Lithuanian people, mainly on the basis of archival sources, reveals the mobilization and organization of the course, its main promoters and organizers of peaceful evading to serve in the Red Army and the men who had deserted from the massacre, repression, Mobilized situation in military units, legalization and others.


Forced mobilisation of men to the Soviet Army between August 1944 and May 1945 became an integral part of the Soviet terror against the Lithuanian population. Remembering events of 1940–1941, Lithuanian society treated the Soviet Union as an occupant, therefore the majority of men who were called up to the army were reluctant to enlist at military registration and enlistment offices. The attitude of the population towards mobilisation, which manifested in evasion of military service and hiding, was determined by the negative attitude of the Lithuanian nation towards foreign troops formed as early as the Nazi occupation. Nobody wanted to sacrifice their life or health for the interests of a foreign state. Lithuanians thought that they would avoid mobilisation as they had managed to do so under the Nazi occupation.
The Soviet Union considered Lithuania as an integral part of the Soviet empire, therefore, it treated conscription to the Red Army as a lawful action. By starting conscription



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