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Armies of the Baltic Independence Wars 1918-20


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Introduction: overview of conflicts. * Russian Red Army: command; organization; Estonian and Latvian Rifles units; campaign against Russian White Army and German forces; uniforms and insignia. * Estonian Forces: command; organization; foreign volunteers; campaign against Russian Red Army and German forces; uniforms and insignia. * Latvian Forces: command; organization; campaign against Russian Red Army and German forces; uniforms and insignia. * Lithuanian Forces: command; organization; campaigns against Russian Red Army, German and Polish forces; uniforms and insignia. * German Forces (ex-Eighth Army, Iron Division, Baltic Defence Force, German Legion ): command; organization; campaigns against Russian Red Army, Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian forces; uniforms and insignia. * White Russian Forces (Northern Corps/NW Army, Western Volunteer Army): command; organization; campaign against Russian Red Army; uniforms and insignia. Throughout: * Battle orders: Russian Red Army, Estonian People's Army, Latvian Army, Lithuanian Army, German forces in Baltic, White Russian Army. Rank insignia charts: Estonian, Latvian & Lithuanian armies, and German Baltic Defence Force Colour plate commentaries

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Fully illustrated study into the many conflicting national forces contending for the Baltic coast region in the immediate aftermath of World War I and during the Russian Revolution.

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Dr Nigel Thomas is an accomplished linguist and military historian, formerly at Northumbria University, now a freelance military author, translator and military uniform consultant. His interests are 20th-century military and civil uniformed organizations, with a special interest in Germany, Central and Eastern Europe. He was awarded a PhD on the Eastern enlargement of NATO. He lives in Tyne and Wear, UK. Lieutenant Colonel Toomas Boltowsky has been a professional soldier for 25 years, joining the army in 1991 after Estonia regained its independence. He has served in various positions in the Estonian Defence Forces, most recently as Chief of the Arms Control and Verification Centre. A graduate of Tartu University and of the Baltic Defence College, he is currently a lecturer at the latter institution, and is working on several projects focusing on ancient and medieval warfare. Johnny Shumate works as a freelance illustrator living in Nashville, Tennessee. He began his career in 1987 after graduating from Austin Peay State University. Most of his work is rendered in Adobe Photoshop using a Cintiq monitor. His greatest influences are Angus McBride, Don Troiani and Edouard Detaille.

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