Defending the town of Narva

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05. December 1919

Moving behind the destroyed North-Western Army, the Red Army, being superior in numbers and equipment, managed to captured the city of Jamburg once again. In the beginning of December, the Peoples Force was forced to retreat to the positions in front of Narva.

The aim of two Bolshevik army was to capture Narva. Fierce position battles were held in the first half of December. The Estonians successfully defended themselves against the direct hits of the Red Army and the strong artillery fire, staying in the field fortifications built during summer.

South of Narva, Bolsheviks temporarily crossed Narva River near Krivasoo and Vääska and threatened to cut off the Narva-Tallinn railway line. The Estonian defenses held against all odds, and the depleted Soviet forces were forced to cease their attacks.

Source: Eesti ajalugu. VI, Vabadussõjast taasiseseisvumiseni. Tartu: Ilmamaa, 2005
Eesti ajaloo atlas. Tallinn: Avita, 2006.                                                                                                

Image source: http://www.einst.ee/Ea/heritage/images/1_02/narva_kaitsmine.jpg 


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