Russian State officials look at the events in Estonia in the end of World War II as the liberation from fascism by the Soviet Union.  Views of World War II veteran, an Estonian Ilmar Haaviste fought on the German side: "Both regimes were equally evil — there was no difference between the two except that Stalin was more cunning".
From February to September 1944, heavy battles were fought in the narrow, 50 km-wide, Narva front in the north-eastern part of Estonia. Over 100,000 men were killed and 300,000 men were wounded there. During battles in the summer of 1944, the tank was captured from the …
Estonia: German WWII cemetery found Estonian laborers working in a park near the capital Tallinn on Tuesday discovered a World War II German military cemetery. The construction site was a future
WORLD WAR II ESTONIA 1941 Complete Mint Set of 6 Only 22 years after declaring its independence in 1918, Estonia was annexed by the Soviet Union in 1940 following a secret non-aggression pact with Germany. A year later Germany occupied Estonia as part of its invasion of the Soviet Union.
The oppression lasted until the closing months of World War I, when Estonia finally achieved independence after a victorious war (1918–1920). But shortly after the start of World War II, the nation was occupied by Russian troops and incorporated as the 16th republic of the USSR in 1940.
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The ground for the fate of Estonia in World War II was laid by the German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact, particularly its Secret Additional Protocol of August 1939. The Republic of Estonia declared neutrality in the war but fell under the Soviet sphere of influence due to the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact and was occupied by the Soviet Union in 1940.
Estonia in the USSR (1940-1941) Between the World War I and II Estonia had pursued a policy of neutrality, but it was of no consequence after the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany signed the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact in 1939.
In World War II, Estonia lost roughly a fifth of its population; people were shot, sent to the Gulag prison camps or deported, they died in action or as civilian casualties of war, they were killed in the Holocaust in Estonia or sent to concentration camps in Germany, they were conscripted, evacuated and forced to flee.