First confrontation with the Landeswehr

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05. June 1919

After the ultimatum had failed, lieutenant-colonel Reek began to move southwards from Võnnu, at 12:00 June 5, in order to find out about the location of the Germans.

Germans opened fire on the Amata River bridge, but the assault on the armored train failed.

This meant that a fight against a new enemy - the Germans - had began.

In the evening the leader of the 3rd Division, general Ernst Põdder, ordered his forces to stand alert, and in the morning of June 6, first troops began to advance southwards on the armored trains.



Source: Eesti ajalugu. VI, Vabadussõjast taasiseseisvumiseni. Tartu: Ilmamaa, 2005
Eesti Vabadussõda, 1918-1920, 1. Tallinn: Mats, 1996
Eesti ajaloo atlas. Tallinn: Avita, 2006.                                                                                                   

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