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on 21 November 2014
Well researched and written, spoilt by a dearth of maps. Place names in the text are too often not shown on any map making it much more difficult, than it should be, to follow actions.
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on 27 July 2013
A fascinating account of the wartime history of this particular conflict, and a welcome addition to my collection of books on the subject.
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on 6 January 2014
It is better to explain immediately that this book tells you much more than the battle for the Baltics in WW2, indeed it tells you a complete history of the Baltic States since the Russian Revolution until the end of WW2, including also the history of the persecutions against the Jews there, during WW2, and the history of the Baltic partisans that fought against the Soviet Union after the end of WW2
To be more detailed these are the main contents:
a) History of the origins of the Baltic populations and history of the Baltic States 1918-1939.
b)Consequences of the Moltov-Ribbentrop Pact.
c) German preparations for Operation Barbarossa and the subsequent administration of the occupied territories.
d) Operation Barbarossa in the Baltic States on 1941.
e) The persecutions of the Jews in the Baltic States.
f) The fightings in the Baltic States : from Narva on January 1944, to Curland until the end of WW2.
g) The complete history of the Baltic partisans that often fought against the Germans during WW2 and after the Russians after WW2.
Prit Buttar's style is wonderful , every chapter of the book is full of first hand accounts and the reader feels to be with the German Panzergrenadieren running for thier lives or with the lithuanian jews hiding in the weapon factories.
If you read the previous books written by Brit Puttar or you are interested to know almost everything about the fights in the Baltic States on WW2, you can't miss this book.
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on 9 November 2015
Again a good read.
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on 19 November 2013
This is a thorough account of the way that the Second World War affected the three Baltic countries.

Buttar notes that the Nazis planned to deport to Siberia 85 per cent of Poles and Lithuanians, 75 per cent of Belorussians, 65 per cent of Ukrainians, and 50 per cent of Russians, Latvians and Estonians.

He points out that all too many Lithuanians, Estonians and Latvians collaborated with the Nazis. The Lithuanian Activist Front started an uprising against Soviet forces on the first day of the Nazi invasion. Estonian guerrillas also operated at once against the Red Army. The Estonian Legion in 1944 became part of the new 20th SS Waffen Grenadier Division (First Estonian). All too many Latvians joined the 19th SS Waffen Grenadier Division (2nd Latvian).

These bodies were not just anti-Soviet. They were anti-Semitic, and killed Jews in what Buttar rightly calls the Baltic Holocaust. Lithuanian police battalions killed 78,000 people, mostly Jews. The Latvian Arjas Kommando killed at least 26,000 Jews, gypsies and other `undesirables'.

But not all Lithuanians, Estonians and Latvians sided with Hitler's genocidal reaction. In 1942 the Red Army raised the 16th Latvian Rifle Division, the 130th Lithuanian Rifle Corps and the 8th Estonian Rifle Corps, which all played their part in driving the Nazis out of the Baltics.

After the war, each country had to defeat a US-backed counter-revolutionary terrorist organisation. In 1947 the Armed Resistance League was formed in Estonia, and was active until 1951. The Latvian Central Council, founded in 1943, operated until 1948. In 1944, the Nazis created the `Lithuanian Defense Force', which was active until 1949.
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on 30 March 2016
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on 25 June 2015
Very good
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on 16 November 2014
very good
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