Salvation Committe's attempt to declare independence

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21. February 1918

As the Executive committee of Estonian Soviet and the military leadership of Tallinn Naval Fort were still in power in Tallinn, it was impossible to read out the declaration there.

Therefore, Haapsalu was seen as one way out, as it had been freed by the 1. Estonian Division, but on February 21, while the members of the Committee were on their way to Haapsalu, they met soldiers of the 1. Division who informed them that Haapsalu had fallen. The Committee was forced to turn back.

Source: Eesti ajalugu. VI, Vabadussõjast taasiseseisvumiseni. Tartu: Ilmamaa, 2005
Õie Elango, Ants Ruusmann ja Karl Siilivask. Eesti maast ja rahvast: Maailmasõjast maailmasõjani. Tallinn: Olion, 1998
Eesti ajalugu: kronoloogia. Tallinn: Olion, 2007
Eesti ajaloo atlas. Tallinn: Avita, 2006.

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