Lithuanian partisans and straggles harried the retreating Red Army, helping to cause them to either fight to the death, or retreat in disarray from all but the major roads. Soviet resistance stiffened in front of the Lithuanian capitol, Kovno. Inside the city local volunteers representing the 'Lithuanian Army Command' seized the radio transmitting station. They broadcast a plea to the Germans to bomb Kovno and the withdrawing Soviet troops. The Soviet withdrawal provided an opportunity for an assault group from the 123rd Reconnaissance Battalion to penetrate the front line.