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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Aug 2020 9:33 p.m. PST

… after the Great War.

"After the Great War, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Finland, like many other East European countries, were swept by a new wave of military violence that continued from 1918 to the early 1920s. The Soviets, Whites, Germans, Lithuanians, Latvians, Estonians, Finns, and Poles fought each other with a ferocity that often matched the belligerency of 19141915. These postwar conflicts took place on a smaller scale than the Great War; they were irregular, volatile, and strongly motivated by ideology and ethnicity. These conflicts also involved a greater variety of combatants, including conventional armies made up of war veterans and fresh draftees, as well as civilian self-defense bands, partisan units, and paramilitary formations of volunteers. Competing nationalist and counter-revolutionary visions clashed with each other and with the Bolshevik revolutionary project, each claiming parts of the region for their "new orders."…"
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