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Ülo Altermann

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Ülo Altermann
BornOctober 5, 1923
DiedApril 15, 1954 (aged 30)
Allegiance Estonia
Service/branchEstonia, Nazi Germany
Years of service(occupied Estonia) 1943-1944 Waffen SS
Unit20th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Estonian)
Battles/warsWorld War II Eastern Front
* Battle of Narva
* Battle of Tannenberg Line

Ülo Altermann (October 5, 1923 in Paide Parish, Järva County – April 15, 1954 in Koigi Parish, Järva County) was an Estonian soldier and one of the forest brothers in Estonia after World War II, initiator and leader of a long-standing group.[citation needed]

Altermann volunteered for the Estonian Legion in early 1943. He fought in the Battle of Narva against the Red Army in September 1944. After the legion withdrew from the Narva line that month, Altermann decided to stay in Estonia, hiding himself in his home until the announcement of an amnesty in 1946. He came out of hiding and began working, but was summoned to a security interrogation in mid-1948. He was initially not arrested, but the officers of the Soviet Ministry of State Security came to his home while he was absent in the fall of that year. Hearing of this, Altermann returned to the forest.[1]

In 1953, Altermann's group destroyed a Lenin monument in Mäeküla, Paide Parish, one of the last Forest Brother actions of anti-Soviet resistance.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Laar, Mart (2005). Unustatud sõda: relvastatud vastupanuliikumine Eestis 1944-1956 [Forgotten War: The Armed Resistance Movement in Estonia from 1944 to 1956] (in Estonian). Grenader. pp. 24–25.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  2. Laar, Mart (2006). Estonia's way. Pegasus. p. 226. ISBN 9789949425433.

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