Võnnu is retaken and Estonian troops move towards Riga

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23. June 1919

In the early morning of 1919, Estonian People's Army began its assault on Võnnu and discovered that during the night, the Germans had pulled back everywhere along the front.

Victorious Estonians entered Võnnu and recovered large amount of enemy's equipment. Head of the 3rd division, general Põrdder, ordered all the counties in his dominion to hoist flags and arrange parades.
Sine 1934, June 23 is celebrated as the official Victory Day.

The pursuit of the Germans began. Latter had dug themselves into WWI era trenches on Inčukalnsi-Englarte-Sigulda line (see image), and prepared for active defense.

The resistance of the Landeswehr decreased from June 24 and on, and the Germans began an unorganized retreat. The railway bridge over Amata River was blown up, which halted the progress of the Estonian armored trains for few days.

On the eve of June 24, Kuperjanov's units captured Sigulda; on June 26-27, after fierce fighting near Inčukalnsi and Englarte, also after taking Roopa (Ropaži) train station, the front stabilized on the trench line on river mouth of Koiva River-Valgejärve (Baltezers)-Jägeli (Jugla) Lake.

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

Image source: http://www.hot.ee/vabadussoda/landes_2.jpg 

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/af/Zehsis.jpg

 


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