The Landeswehr attacks Volmari

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21. June 1919

The intelligence of the German VI Reserve Corps thought that capturing Roopa signaled the Iron Division's assault on Volmari.


In early morning of June 21, the the head of the Corps ordered the rest of the Landeswehr, located around Võnnu, to go on the move. Due to heavy cannon and infantry fire, Latvian 2nd Võnnu Regiment began to draw back, leaving a dangerous opening in the front.

The Germans, who were pursuing the Latvians, took advantage of this and moved quickly towards Volmari, reaching Rauna and Loode railway stations, where two Estonian armored trains were attacked. Soon however, Kuperjanov's partisans from Valga reached Loode station and joined the battle to aid the armored trains. Strategically important positions were regained by the evening. At the same time, the Iron Division was trying to seize Stable estate, which would have opened up a direct path to Volmari. The People's Army, together with reserve forces managed, to hold the Germans back and their assault failed.

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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