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“Hell’s Angels: Lithuanian Style”

by on December 17, 2008

Speaking of Afghanistan — here’s a phenomenal report from my friend Michael Yon. Seems that the Lithuanians are instituting their own unique form of Eastern European badassery out in the Zabul Province…
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Zabul Province give high marks to the Lithuanian Special Forces, who like to ride these captured Taliban motorbikes to sneak up on, and chase Taliban fighters. The LithSof are on their way to becoming living legends: Both Afghans and Americans report that the Taliban are afraid of the Lithuanians. Stories about them are filled with dangerous escapades and humor.
Americans say that the Lithuanians are sort of a weaponized version of Borat, who think nothing of sauntering around a base in nothing but flip-flops and underwear. They look like mountain men. They never shave, sometimes dont bathe, and often roll out the gate wearing nothing but body armor and weapons. Not even a t-shirt, an American soldier told me. The Lithuanians may be a little bit nuts, but the Americans love to have them around because Lithuanians love to fight, and when you need backup, you can count on them. That contrasts starkly with many of the NATO partners. Maybe when your country spends almost a half-century with the Soviet boot on its neck, its first generation of free soldiers know what freedom is worth and that you sometimes have to fight for it.

–John Noonan

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freedomisnot4free December 17, 2008 at 12:02 pm

Glorious soilder’s of the great nation of Lithuaniana love to make a sexy time with taliban terrorist’s mothers,daughters and wifes.
LOL Its good to hear that at least some of our allies are truly bringing the fight to the enemy.

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Vstress December 17, 2008 at 12:36 pm

Something to point out, since my family roots are Latvian (neighbouring country to Lithuania), is that these countries (the baltic countries) have generally never fought their own wars, but have always fought incrediably well in other peoples wars.
An example is that those members of the (conscripted) SS units in eastern europe… where the baltic countries were the few conscripted SS units that always did fight well, instead of the rest of them.

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druskis November 6, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Lithuania never had SS. it was the only baltic state without SS

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Vaclovas May 18, 2011 at 2:08 am

fact1: The Lithuanians and the Poles were the only East Europeans who did not provide the Germans with an SS unit. http://www.lituanus.org/1986/86_4_02.htm
fact2: Lithuanians did fight wars for themselfs :) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscovite%E2%80%93Li

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Wembley December 17, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Great stereotyping, not sure what the Lithuanians would think of it.
Of course they're old hands at this…except last time they were in this part of the world they were wearing Red Army uniforms, Ironic, no?

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AJ_LTU September 20, 2013 at 2:24 am

Red Army uniforms? Yes. By they're choice? No. Guys we're sent to prison for long years if refused to go. And the stereaotype… We don't mind (well maby some stupid-one's with no sence of humour does).

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Mark Polites December 17, 2008 at 2:33 pm

Does my Lithuanian heart proud. Actually I am only half Lithuanian. My family refers to it as being “Half Lit”.
GO TEAM!

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tontochoc December 17, 2008 at 3:21 pm

Mad Max comes to Afghanistan

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Brian December 17, 2008 at 5:23 pm

“Very nice… how much?”

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Ptsfp December 17, 2008 at 6:07 pm

That is just too cool. God bless them. My brother just got back from Afghanistan and he was less than impressed by the “help” of some of the “big” name NATO nations.
He said many just sat in their bases and took up space…

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Sam December 17, 2008 at 8:14 pm

I’m of Polish/Lithuanian descent myself. Nice to see this report. I trust the Poles have acquited themselves well too. Both are good allies of America now.

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Alexander December 17, 2008 at 11:54 pm

On bikes? Just amazing.

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kert December 18, 2008 at 1:29 am

“these countries (the baltic countries) have generally never fought their own wars”
Um, as an Estonian i can say yes we have fought and won our own wars. 1918-1920 against Soviets for instance, which got us our first freedom period after centuries.
Go lithuanians btw, my GF is part lithuanian ;)

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Thomas L. Nielsen December 18, 2008 at 3:20 am

It rather reminds me of the way I once had the Gurkha described (by a – non-Gurkha – member of the British armed forces): Act nuts! Make sure a lot of bad-a** stories about you are in circulation. Because if your enemy is scared sh*tless of you, then you’ve won at least half the battle.
What was it Sun Tsu said: Make sure you’ve won before the actual fighting starts, or words to that effect ?
Keep up the good work :-)
Thomas L. Nielsen
Denmark

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dave December 18, 2008 at 3:45 am

If you think this has anything to do with Borat, your geography is as f*cked as Iraq. And I second the note that the SS were quite fond of their little Baltic buddies in the ’40s, too.

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artur November 3, 2010 at 12:36 pm

About SS is not realy true.Lithuanian goverment refused organised SS legion from lithuanians.Germans closed University and sent profesors to death – to Aushvitc.
Just Latvia and Estonia had SS legions.

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Paul D December 18, 2008 at 4:52 am

Hey, dont rag on the Aussies to much. The guys want action. Just our gov does not.

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canucklehed December 18, 2008 at 6:49 am

on kind of an opposite note when I was in a-stan what always impressed me about the romanian guys was how they could defuze a situation. they would way rather hand out smokes and drink tea with locals than fight (me too if all I had was a btr.) don’t know how many taliban they killed but they didn’t make any new ones.

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Wiccanwolf December 18, 2008 at 9:30 am

Well I can say the Lithuanians have a history of being fighters. Yes at one time they were taken over by the Sweedes, then the Poles, but they always have fought bravely. Remember tht even thought they were under the heel of the Soviets, they were treated a bit better than other “states” because the Soviets knew they were fighters.
Now since they are giving the Taliban sheer nightmares all I have to say is “Make them fear their prayer rugs!”.

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dbnodurf December 18, 2008 at 9:31 am

part lithuanian? which part

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stephen russell December 18, 2008 at 9:45 am

Radical, send some to the US Mex border.
More PR on these LitSof guys.
Neat.
I can see a movie from this?
TV show?
Graphic novel.
Have some come to US?

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Justin December 18, 2008 at 10:18 am

“weaponized version of Borat”
greatest discrption ever.

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marinegold December 18, 2008 at 11:00 am

Being a full blooded Lithuanian and former Marine I can believe they are the way they are, keep up the good work fellow patriots, god bless and “Semper Fi”.

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99th_BW December 18, 2008 at 3:44 pm

My wife is Lithuanian; I can vouch!

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Vstress December 19, 2008 at 8:40 am

Kert… please read the statement you just quoted “these countries (the baltic countries) have generally never fought their own wars”
The word “generally” comes from the word “general”, which is an adjective – I quote the oxford dictionary (http://www.askoxford.com/concise_oed/general?view=uk)
“adjective 1 affecting or concerning all or most people or things; not specialized or limited. 2 involving only the main features or elements and disregarding exceptions; overall. 3 chief or principal: the general manager.”

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kondor December 19, 2008 at 10:53 am

Look up the battle of Tannenberg in which the Lithuanians beat the crap out of the Teutonic Knights.
Not a surprise to some of us…

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nata December 20, 2008 at 8:52 pm

For all writers about wars of Lithuania -
This is not truth; Lithuania had very long wars and won many of them. Please do not write at list if you dont know historical facts.

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rico December 20, 2008 at 9:50 pm

Lithuanian spacial forces do kick butt. very little high tech used during missions its all about common sense and back to basics and believe me , the results are and have been the best. hoooaaaahhhh. been there with them done that. never take freedom for granted like the majority of us americans do. It can be taken away in a heartbeat

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Beargain MacErick December 22, 2008 at 11:21 am

I did not know that illiteracy ran so rampant during the Viet Nam war as it seems

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JOSEPH I. S. December 22, 2008 at 12:46 pm

LITHUANIANS ARE REALY ESTONIANS ON STEROIDS! THEIR FEABLE MINDS ARE FURTHER AMPLIFIED BY A LACK OF EDUCATION AND,THEIR PHYSIQUE IS VERY WELL SUITED FOR PLOWING FIELDS.IT IS EVEDENT THAT THE COMBINATION OF ANABOLIC STEROIDS AND LIMITED BRAIN CAPACITY RESULTS IN DELUSIONS OF GRANDURE!IF YOU LOOK BACK TO HISTORY THE LITHUANIANS HAVE BEEN TRAITORS SINCE KING MINDIGAUS WHO SOLD OUT TO POLAND.IT WAS ALSO THE FIRST EASTERN EUROPEAN COUNTRY TO AID NAZI GERMANY IN THEIR ETHNIC CLEANSING ATTEMPTS BY FROMING THE GREEN BROTHERHOOD.AFTER REALIZING THE QUICK DEMISE OF THEIR ASPIRATIONS, THEY QUICKLY SURRENDERED THEIR INSIGNIFICANT PLOT OF LAND TO THE RED FORCES OF THE SOVIET ARMY.THEY MARCHED UNDER THE SOVIET FLAG FOR THE REMAINDER OF THAT CENTURY. AFTER THE BREAK UP OF THE SOVIET UNION, MASSES OF LITHUANIAN CRIMINALS FLED WEST YOU CAN NOW SEE MANY OF THEM WORKING IN CONSTRUCTION IN MAJOR METROPOLITAN AREAS LIKE CHICAGO AND NEW YORK!

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Vladimir I L December 22, 2008 at 2:11 pm

Remember that if it was not for the glorious training by Soviet Army, Lithuania would have nothing but a second tier basketball team. It was a wise decision for the Lithuanians to embrace warm friendship of their bigger and smarter big Russian brother. They would be stock being a small province of Germany or Poland right now which would be some sort of benefit as well. Instead, they are kind of free country with some sort of “free” economy, gigantic default and economic crisis. Hej, did I mention their soldiers are good?

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ggge May 4, 2010 at 7:26 am

hey shut fuck up bitch! 1944-1953 we fighted against you without remorse. We were outnumbered 1 : 10 by Russian chicken shit soldiers and we still kicked asses. We don't fucking fear you slavic bitches.

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Donatas U December 22, 2008 at 2:25 pm

I have to say that 2 gentlemen before my comment are absolutely correct. I am from Lithuania and I know it firsthand. The are right.

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Odysseus Rex December 22, 2008 at 2:25 pm

ANY ass-kicking troops in Afghanistan is a GOOD thing. There are ENOUGH “coalition” weenies cluttering up the base camps around Kabul, supposedly “advising” Afghans…about NATO logistics and personnel systems, and stuff totally alien to these “FOURTH WORLD” Afghans. IF NATO AND OTHER “COALITION” ALLIES WANT A PIECE OF AFGHANISTAN, send TRIGGER PULLERS, NOT more damn REMFs!!!

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Donatas U December 22, 2008 at 2:33 pm

this is Donatas again. Did I mention that those 2 guys were right?

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Alvidas Mozhaikis December 22, 2008 at 2:37 pm

Alvidas here.
Donatas is right being right about those two guys

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Kestas December 22, 2008 at 5:28 pm

Kestas here.
Alvydas & Donatas, those two comments were meant for you. If you admit that you are such like described by them, then fine! Good for you :) But don’t iclude me and other normal lithuanians, ok?

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Falling_brick_blues May 3, 2009 at 6:36 am

Lithuanians aren’t all nuts, but their way of thinking might make others think of them as such. Contrary to what Mr. Parody-of-Lenin (and the two extensions of his name: Donatas and Alvydas) said Lithuanians never “welcomed” the soviets and never “embraced” their doctrine. It’s both strange and funny to read the words “Glorious Red Army training” knowing that the soviet union gloriously fell apart on it’s own. The same “Red Army” training did nothing to enhance the fighting spirit and mentality of the Lithuanians, except maybe harden them in battle, since our partisans fought soviet occupation for six more years (15000 farmers in camo against the might of the soviet army… what are the odds?). Needless to say, LithSOF are quite well trained in asymmetric warfare, so kudos to our big smart soviet brothers, for training us so thoroughly.
And about Lithuanians who participated in the nazi holocaust – there have always been criminals and murderers, in every country. Lithuania is no exception.
The soviet regime turned Lithuanians into a distrustful and narrow-minded folk. That is true. But if they are directed to a right path and pushed forward with enough force – you can’t stop them.
Thank you for your time and luck in life,
FBB

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LJP January 2, 2010 at 8:28 pm

the lithuanians are amazing!!!!!!!!!

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LJP January 2, 2010 at 8:30 pm

the taliban is afraid of this small country. Taliban are idiots!!!!

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ALG January 9, 2010 at 2:54 am

i am full lithuanian and proooouuud of it suckas!
they are fighters alright

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MadMike October 30, 2010 at 4:23 pm

It makes more sense to me to roll up on the Taliban on dirt bikes rather than in some monstrous armored vehicle weighing several tons that they can hear coming a mile away. The Lithuanians have the right idea. Travel light and hit 'em at night.

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Rim October 30, 2010 at 6:33 pm

No surprise as the last of the soviet resistance died in Lithuania in the 1980's. "The Partizanai" (Lithuanian freedom fighters) were a thorn in the sides of the soviet oppressors from WWII-the mid-1980's.

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Dave October 13, 2013 at 8:33 pm

I am a US Soldier and was embedded with the Lithuanians in Afghanistan for a half year. I have gone on patrol as the only American with them on numerous occasions. I have trusted my life with them in the past and would trust them with it again in a heartbeat.

As far as the article explaining the Lithuanian free will on and off base, I can also vouch for that as I joined in as well. When in Rome….

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