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Germany's Eastern Front Allies: Baltic Forces v. 2 (Men-at-Arms) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Nigel Thomas , Darko Pavlovic
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23 Jan 2002 Men-at-Arms (Book 363)
The Baltic region of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia saw some of the most prolonged and savage fighting of any on Germany's Eastern Front during World War II. The coastal nations were invaded by the USSR in 1940; captured by the Wehrmacht in 1941; provided major recruitment for the German Army and Waffen-SS in 1941-44; were retaken by the Red Army in 1944-45 despite stubborn resistance; yet still sustained a guerrilla movement which was not wiped out by the Russian occupiers until 1952. The tragic period covered in this book saw many combat and local security units raised by both sides, offering a most interesting range of uniforms and insignia.

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (23 Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841761931
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841761930
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 479,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Nigel Thomas is currently head of the Modern Languages Centre and Business Language Unit at the University of Northumbria. He has authored and co-authored many Osprey titles such as MAA 282 Axis Forces in Yugoslavia 1941-45. Darko Pavlovic was born in 1959 and currently lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia. He has already illustrated Men-at-Arms 282 Axis Forces in Yugoslavia 1941-45 and Elite 60 U-Boat Crews 1914-45. Darko has also written titles for the Osprey Men-at-Arms series on the Austrian army of the 19th century

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ALTHOUGH ESTONIANS, LATVIANS AND LITHUANIANS had lived for thousands of years in the Baltic region of North-Eastern Europe, from 1219 these peoples endured systematic foreign domination by Denmark, Sweden, Poland, and particularly by Germany and Russia. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best reference book for uniforms and units as a set 24 April 2013
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Looked at this and other books in the series. Bought most of the ones on the German WW2 units including Waffen SS.
Good book to go back to time and time again
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent summary 21 April 2013
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The information on germany's Baltic allies is well overdue. It is helpful not least because it does not stop in 1945. It is a reminder that in parts of Europe WW2 carried straight on into the cold war. the Balts had of course been occupied by Russia in 1940 and seen people dragged off to the gulags and as such it is no wonder they preferred to fight the Russians rather than the Germans. It is also no wonder they carried on into the 1950's. This book takes us through WW2 and puts this part of the War into context. As such it serves a truly valuable purpose.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good 8 May 2004
By Brent L. Snodgrass - Published on
As an Estonian collector and researcher I have found that books dealing with the Estonian armed forces (in English) are lacking. While this book is not perfect it is a very good base for the researcher to use as a starting point. The photos and information in the book are at least good to very good, although some details of the history are not as detailed as they could be. Still this is a book that I would have no problem suggesting to anyone looking to get a start in the area of Baltic Military History - Webmaster [...]
4.0 out of 5 stars David between two Goliaths 3 Jan 2014
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This unfortunately is only a 50 page pamphlet, not quite book. But you can’t judge a pamphlet by it’s cover. It technically is quite well done with good photos, illustrations and maps that actually have location names appropriate to the text and language of print. There is focus on uniforms, insignias and unit listings.

What makes this particular publication shine compared to other books regarding this topic is the accuracy of historical overview. In an arena where self serving agendas have tried to re-write the Baltic WW 2 experience to their ends, this is one of the truest perspectives of the real motivations and political realities that the Baltic nations found themselves embroiled in. It is surprising that non-Balt authors can have the perfected and nuanced insights presented here. A good example is the aside regarding the German called swastika, where it came from and what it represents, rather than the Nazi perversion of it. There are other sacred cows the authors subtly gore and rightly.

What there is, is good. But it is difficult to get past the brevity which hardly scratches the surface of a substantial topic. The efforts of these three nations citizenry and it’s warriors caught in the maw and surviving the ultimate destruction of the two mightiest armies of the world is a saga ripe for the telling.
4.0 out of 5 stars Few Choices 2 Sep 2013
By Jeffrey Swystun - Published on
This title examines the Baltic allies of Nazi Germany; Estonian, Latvia and Lithuania. Recently I visited the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia. What it does well is communicate the complexities of the politics and the choices made in order to secure a form of independence and nationhood. Basically these three countries had two choices, they could align with Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union. This book is better written than the first part in the series employing more of a narrative style. It is also helped by vignettes covering real people like the Estonian corporal that fought well for the Germans but was disciplined by them for defending Estonian Red Cross nurses from soldiers' harassment.
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