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Encyclopedia > Lithuanian Riflemen Union

Lithuanian Gunmen Union (Lithuanian: Lietuvos Šaulių Sąjunga) is a paramilitary organisation. It was at its most powerful after WWI and before WWII, when it was prestigious and seen as a defender of the nation: if Lithuania was occupied, it would stage guerilla warfare. After Russia occupied Lithuania, however, the Russians quickly dissolved the organisation, and many members were arrested and sentenced to death. After Lithuania redeclared independence in 1990, the organization was recreated, but it is not influential now. A branch called Young Gunmen is a paramilitary organisation for children, similar to boy scouts. It is not very popular now. Current membership of the Lithuanian Gunmen Union is 7,000; in the interwar period it was 61,000. Sixty-one percent of members are Young Gunmen (12-18 years old), 8% are Active Gunmen (people who formerly were in army, 18-45 years old) and the remaining 31% are Inactive Gunmen (people who for some reason are not active). A paramilitary is a group of civilians trained and organized in a military fashion. ... WWI may be an acronym for: World War I World Wrestling Industry This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... German soldiers at the Battle of Stalingrad World War II was the most extensive and costly armed conflict in the history of the world, involving the great majority of the worlds nations, being fought simultaneously in several major theatres, and costing tens of millions of lives. ... Guerrilla (also called a partisan) is a term borrowed from Spanish (from guerra meaning war) used to describe small combat groups. ... Young Riflemen (Lithuanian: Jaunieji Å auliai) is a nationalistic youth paramilitary organization in Lithuania. ... For professional sport scouts, see Scout (sport). ...


 
 

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