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It's time to reveal more of our upcoming 2019 books, and in today's post we'll be looking at our Elite series. Which army's history are you most intrigued by? Let us know in the comments!
ELI: Armies of the Baltic Independence Wars 1918–20
Immediately following the end of World War I, amid the collapse of the German, Austro-Hungarian and Russian Empires, bitter fighting broke out in the Baltic region as Poland, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania struggled for their independence, and Red and White Russian armies began their civil war. There were also German forces still active in what had been the northern end of Germany's Eastern Front. Armies of the Baltic Independence Wars 1918–20 offers a concise but detailed introduction to this whole theatre of war, focusing on the Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian and relevant German and Russian forces, plus Finnish, Danish and Swedish contingents
ELI: Armies of Russia's War in Ukraine
In February 2014, street protests in Kiev and other Ukrainian cities led to the ousting of the Russian-backed President Yanukovych. The so-called Euromaidan Revolution brought changes to Ukraine’s constitution, but the violent reaction in the east and south of the country led to armed counter-revolution, unofficially backed by Russia.
This conflict is the essential example of Russia's new policy of 'hybrid warfare', which blends propaganda, misinformation, and the deployment of 'deniable' Special Forces and regular troops alongside proxies and mercenaries to achieve its strategic ends.
ELI: Raiders of New France, North American Forest Warfare Tactics 17th–18th Centuries
French political conservatism and relative lack of investment saw British colonies in 17th century North America grow much more vigorously, pushing into territories that the French had not exploited. That 'New France' survived as long as it did, with a smaller population and military garrison, was largely due to an intelligent doctrine of raiding warfare developed through close contact by imaginative French officers with Indian tribes and Canadian settlers. This was a deliberate plan to overcome numerical weakness by exploiting the potential of mixed parties of French soldiers, Canadian backwoodsmen and allied Indian warriors. By employing hit-and-run 'commando' tactics over great distances, they tied down the New Englanders in a defensive posture and discouraged the enemy's Iroquois allies.