Battles of the Estonian War of Independence: Battle of Wenden, Battle of Paju, Battle of Laagna, Battle of Utria, Battle of Krivasoo

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Chapters: Battle of Wenden, Battle of Paju, Battle of Laagna, Battle of Utria, Battle of Krivasoo. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 19. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: The Battle of Paju (Estonian: ) was fought near Valga, Estonia, on January 31, 1919 during the Estonian War of Independence. After heavy fighting, Estonians and Finnish volunteers pushed the Red Latvian Riflemen out of the Paju Estate. It was the fiercest battle in the early period of war. The Estonian commander Julius Kuperjanov fell in the fighting. In early January 1919, Estonian forces had started a full scale counterattack against invading Soviets. Their main objective was liberating north Estonia including Narva, which was achieved by January 17. They then started to advance into south Estonia. On January 14, the Tartumaa Partisan Battalion, organised and led by Lieutenant Julius Kuperjanov, and armoured trains liberated Tartu. At that time the only working railway connection to Riga, which the Red Army had captured on January 3, passed through Valga, so defending it had strategic importance for Soviet Russia. Among other units, a large part of the elite Latvian Riflemen were sent to stop the Estonians. Commander-in-chief, Johan Laidoner reinforced the Estonian advance in the south, including Finnish volunteers, The Sons of the North, led by colonel Hans Kalm. Finnish general Paul Martin Wetzer became the commander of the southern front. Julius KuperjanovTo liberate Valga it was necessary to capture Paju Estate. On January 30 Estonian partisans had captured it, but were soon pushed out. With his 300 men, 2 guns and 13 machineguns, Kuperjanov decided to recapture Paju on January 31. Armoured trains were unable to support, due to the destruction of Sangaste railway bridge. The Latvian Riflemen had about 1,200 men wi...http: //

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