Armies of the Russo-Polish War 1919–21 Book Review
|Date of Review||January 2014||Title||Armies of the Russo-Polish War 1919–21|
|Author||Nigel Thomas||Publisher||Osprey Publishing|
|Format||48 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$17.95|
The Russo-Polish War proved the high water mark in Bolshevism's westward advance after World War I.
Poland's victory decreed the direction of its renascent military – and thwarted the coming of communism for two decades.
Now Nigel Thomas recaps the colorful conflict in the Armies of the Russo-Polish War 1919–21 – 497th installment in Osprey's remarkable Men-at-Arms series.
Amazingly dense with detail, the pithy précis packs vast measures of minutiae into just 48 pages. Nearly every sentence sports pertinent information. Blink – and you risk missing something critical.
Contents commence with organizational summaries of all combatants:
- Ukrainian & Belarusian
Several pages subsequently recap the war itself. And coverage concludes with over 20 pages uniforms and insignia – including 11 pages of color and B&W plates with commentaries. Photos, tables, extended captions, orders of battle and index augment text. My biggest disappointment? No bibliographic notes!
Lessons learned and lost haunted Russo-Polish War participants during global fighting, two decades later. Make Thomas' brilliant little book your introduction to this pivotal conflict.
My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!