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- "Let's head into Lithuania, cross over into Russia at Ashmyany."
- ―Dum Dum Dugan
Lithuania, officially the Republic of Lithuania, is a country in Northern Europe and one of the three Baltic states.
On March 20, 1939, Nazi Germany delivered an ultimatum to Lithuania demanding that they cede control of the Baltic port of Memel, or the Wehrmacht would invade. The Lithuanians accepted the Nazi terms, and the port was handed over two days later on March 22. On March 23, German troops disembarked from ships to occupy the town, and the SS Gruppenführer Schneider was among the occupying force. For his participation in the event, he was awarded the Memel Medal, which he wore on his uniform until his death at the hands of the Red Skull.
Entrance to the Soviet Union
The Howling Commandos acted as a tactical team for a Strategic Scientific Reserve team led by Jack Thompson that included Peggy Carter. Thompson tried to cross the Soviet border from Poland, but Dum Dum Dugan, knowing the terrain much better than him, proposed to head to Lithuania and cross the border through the city of Ashmyany in Belarus.
Dugan showed Thompson a pair of trucks they would use to travel through Lithuania and Belarus, and boarded one of them with Carter to talk to his friend while crossing the countries.