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 t 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.
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