This Top-Secret Soviet Nuclear Missile Base Remained Hidden – Until It Was Discovered In 1978

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Yet hopes of independence in the wake of the Nazi defeat were quickly dashed. The Soviets quickly re-occupied the country, with symbols of Lithuanian independence banned and many natives deported to Siberia. Some locals fought a guerilla war against the communists, with as many as 20,000 resistance fighters killed in the years that followed. But to begin with, this resistance was in vain.

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So as far as the Soviet authorities were concerned, Lithuania with its puppet government was their fiefdom to do with as they pleased. And they did have a particular purpose for one piece of Lithuanian real estate in what is now the Žemaitija National Park. A piece of secluded woodland was to play its part in the Cold War between the Russians and the Americans.

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