MSFL organizational structure in 1949-1950
On June 15, 1940, after the Soviet Union Army crossed the border of the Republic of Lithuania, the State independence was ruined. The 50-year long occupation period started. During mass repressions, Lithuanian citizens, despite of their social position, were arrested, killed, and exiled to Siberia. The resistance to the occupational regime that started in the autumn of 1940 turned into the uprising on June 22, 1941. Meanwhile, the tragedy of the Lithuanian population – the Jews – Holocaust started. In July 1944, the second Soviet occupation of Lithuania started. Thousands of patriots of Lithuania continued the fight to the death for the reestablishment of Lithuania’s statehood. A large-scale partisan war got started.
Commands of the partisans of the Lithuanian freedom fights
The Lithuanian nation, without any support from outside, resisted the brutal occupational policy for the whole decade. The military structure, covering the whole of Lithuania, was formed of the spontaneously formed partisan squads. In 1944–1949, partisan commands got formed: Algimantas, Dainava, Didžioji Kova, Kęstutis, Prisikėlimas, Tauras, Vytis, Vytautas and Žemaičiai. They constituted Jūra, Nemunas and Kalnai regions.