Led by the military band of the Pori Red Guard, the group marched to Lahti.
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In some cases they were even trying to stop the Whites from executing their prisoners. For some reason, the Germans finally decided to move north to Lahti, instead of Kotka in the east. The fighting lasted for two days but despite their overwhelming strength, the Reds could not beat the experienced and well-armed German troops.
There were only a couple of organized units, like the Turku Women's Guard and the squad composed of the youth section of the sports club Jyry Helsinki. A prison camp was also established to the Hennala Garrison. It is unclear why the attack took the Reds by surprise, as they knew the Germans were approaching.
At least 16 Reds were shot by the Germans as a retaliation for firing the military hospital. The Germans shot only approximately 20—30 Reds during the Battle of Lahti but did not participate the later executions. Up to 10, Reds surrendered in the fields of Vesala in Hollola, 10 kilometres west of Lahti.
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The rest of the Reds were placed in factories, schools and other public buildings in Lahti. The s include Red Guards fighters and their family members as well as other Red supporters who had fled from the western and southern parts of the Red Finland.
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The Whites, in turn, shot up to 30 Reds before the battle was over. They were desperately trying to break the German lines and march through the town to continue their journey eastward, but managed only to take the Hennala Garrison. At least women were shot, the youngest being only year-old girls. The bombing of German positions lasted for six days. In the morning of 1 May, the Germans attacked Hennala but the Reds had already fled.
The offensive against the town was Greeitngs six days later on 19 April at 5 am. The problem for the Reds was that there was no order of battle and nobody commanded the force. At a. The band was playing revolutionary anthems like The Internationale and La Marseillaise until the Germans finally took their instruments.
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Colonel Luck and his men headed for the General Hospital at pm and most of Lahti was held by the Germans by pm. According to the past research, all women were released, but recent studies have shown that the Women's Red Guard fighters were systematically executed by the Whites and most likely sexually abused. That said, if a text seen here contains information about you personally that you don't wish to be visible, contact me and I will remove it from the website. In the next morning, the Red artillery started firing on the town.
During the first two days of the battle, the Germans lost six men killed. After taking the Hennala Garrison, Lqhti Germans entered the town in the evening.
Nearly 1, of the 13, prisoners died of executions, disease or malnutrition. Red losses were at least 37 killed and captured. The original plan for Detachment Brandenstein was to attack the Red stronghold of Kotka and then cut the Saint Petersburg railway in Kouvola.
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Red troops were formed and trained in the Hennala Garrison which the Russians had built in the early s. Disclaimer: Texts are presented here in their original form, control chars and all, with no edits or censorship. They are preserved by the Finnish National Board of Antiquities because of the Greetinsg ificance. Some of the trenches were accidentally destroyed in as new skiing trails were built for the Nordic World Ski Championships.
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All texts have been already been voluntarely released to the public as a part of the demos. Most of them were men, but among the detainees were also more than 1, women and a smaller of children. They were now able to encircle the Red troops of the Hennala Garrison.
Some sources claim that even 60 Reds were executed, but this cannot be verified.