The Battle of Sinimäe (the Blue Hills)

This battle carries a broader ideological meaning. “It was the first instance after the occupation of Estonia in 1940 of Estonians showing opposition to the Red Army on such a scale," says historian Toomas Hiio from the Estonian War Museum of History “It was largely driven by desire for revenge. That was how wartime propaganda portrayed it, but propaganda tends to derive from what's actually going on. Contemporary popular history books have somewhat exaggerated the Estonian contribution, as though a couple of Estonian battalions single-handedly held the front. I wrote an article back in 2005 in which I determined that since the Germans had relocated some of their forces to the more critical Belarusian front and some to Finland, half the infantry troops were Estonian by July 1944. But the infantry weren't alone: there were also artillery, special forces and many others."

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Sinimägede (Blue Hills) battlefield memorial

This museum is located in the renovated barn of Vaivara Manor in the small borough of Sinimäe.

Its exhibition showcases the Battle of the Narva River and the Blue Hills in 1944. It displays firearms, uniforms, soldiers' personal belongings, wartime photographs, propaganda posters from both sides and more. A big screen shows historical films and documentaries. Despite the topic of war being difficult for some, the exhibition is intended for all ages: while parents can concentrate on the history and the details, the children can interact with the items on display. Historical battlefronts (the 3rd defensive line of St Petersburg and the German East Wall defensive line known as the Tannenberg Line) can be found near the museum.