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Armies of the Russo-Polish War 1919–21

Armies of the Russo-Polish War 1919–21 Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review January 2014 Title Armies of the Russo-Polish War 1919–21
Author Nigel Thomas Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2014 ISBN 9781472801067
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:

  • Polish
  • Russian
  • 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.

Highly recommended!

My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!