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Armies of the Baltic Independence Wars 1918–20

Armies of the Baltic Independence Wars 1918–20 Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review June 2019 Title Armies of the Baltic Independence Wars 1918–20
Author Nigel Thomas, Toomas Boltowsky Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2019 ISBN 9781472830777
Format 64 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $20.00


The 11 November 1918 armistice ending World War I failed to silence pockets of regional European strife.

Old empires collapsed. And newly independent states fought to preserve freshly found freedom amidst foreign and domestic foes – especially revanchist Soviet Russia.

Now Toomas Boltowsky and Nigel Thomas survey a facet of that fighting in Armies of the Baltic Independence Wars 1918–20 – 227th in Osprey Publishing’s vast “Elite” range.

Figure modelers will certainly love this succinct, 64-page study. The lavishly illustrated little book sports dozens of clear period photos and 28 beautifully executed uniform plates with color notes. Contents cover key combatants:

  • Red Army
  • Estonia
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Germany
  • White Russian Forces

Accompanying commentary recaps organizations, uniforms, insignia, units, branches, equipment, and weapons of each. Text also notes significant personalities, actions, locations, and even naval forces.

Abbreviations, a map, tables, extended captions, and an index augment the account. But don’t expect a selected bibliography. So you’re on your own for further study of this terrific topic.


My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!