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The Tartu Offensive Operation (Russian: Тартуская наступательная операция), also known as the Battle of Tartu (Estonian: Tartu lahing) and the Battle of Emajõgi (Estonian: Emajõe lahingud, German: Schlacht am Embach) was a campaign fought over southeastern part of Estonia during 1944. It took place on the Eastern Front during World War II between the Soviet 3rd Baltic Front and the surviving parts of the German Army Group North. It also involved Estonia’s forces including the Estonian conscript auxiliary police, Estonian border defence, Omakaitse and militia forces. It resulted in a Soviet victory at the cost of 16,292 Axis dead or missing and Soviet 8,000 dead; 5,000 captured in Vilnius alone (Soviet estimates).

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