The Bridgehead of Vaasa - Vepsküla - Siiverts

After the Riigiküla bridgehead was destroyed the whole attention was directed to Vaasa-Vepsküla-Siiverts. If Estonia was going to be saved, the Vaasa-Vepsküla-Siiverts bridgehead near Narva had to be destroyed in addition to the Riigiküla bridgehead. It was exactly this place from where the main attack to crush Narva front was feared.

What was the Vaasa-Vepsküla-Siiverts bridgehead all about? It was a strongly secured, protected and manned bridgehead, which was about 3 kilometers long, 500 meters wide and was on the west bank of the river from Siiverts to Kudruküla village. Numerous wire obstacles and mine fields had been established to protect the bridgehead. The machine gun places were hidden under destroyed tanks so that destroying the guns would seem unrealistic.

Russian elite units protected the bridgehead: the 378th Shooters' Division units and the 340th Single Machine Gun Battalion. These units were supported by the cannon units over the river, who in case of an attack opened a fire towards the trenches, which made conquering the bridgehead directly impossible. There have also been talks and written texts about there being machine guns on the other bank of the river. If the Red Army soldiers would have retreated from their positions, their fellow soldiers could have opened a fire and killed them. The Red Army's situation was crazy and they were forced to fight until the last drop of blood.