“True to a Free Estonia Until Death”

Graves and monuments of some of the Estonian heroes who died in defense of Estonia during the country’s War of Independence 1918 - 1920. 

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“Estonian War of Independence”


This out of print book was published in 1964 in Sweden and is one of the best concise histories of the War of 1918 - 1920.  Contains excellent text, photos and maps of the various campaigns.  The cover depicts three generations of a family fighting for the freedom of their country.  Text in Estonian

“Estonian Legion”


                            In Word and Pictures


Recently issued voluminous work on Estonians who fought the Red Army during WW II.   Included is a cd of songs sung by the Estonian troops during the war. Text in Estonian and English.  Informative book.


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“Sinimäe Rist”


“Blue Hills Cross”


A simple wooden cross and a rusting helmet to remember the Estonian men and boys who courageously fought and died in brutal 1944 battles on the Blue Hills to keep the advancing Red Army from entering their country. 


The wooden cross has been replaced by a tall cross made of Iron.

TALLINN MILITARY CEMETERY

“Erika”, Untsakad

The song is about the girl the Estonian soldier left behind when he went to the front.      

“December Heat”


A 2009 historical film depicting the communist takeover attempt of the newly independent Baltic country of Estonia in 1924.


The film dramatically portrays the intrigues that go into an attempted communist takeover, and the role played by the local traitors.  The film points out that a nation need patriots who are willing to stand up to forces threatening the liberty of a society.  Fortunately for Estonia, that small country had such heroic patriots who were willing to confront evil when it reared its head instead of doing nothing and hoping for the best.


In Estonian with English subtitles.

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“ For Free Estonia”


Monument in a forested Estonian graveyard in Seabrook, New Jersey, USA. 


This monument was erected by Estonian refugees who fled to the United States after WW II, and built a new life working at Seabrook Farms fields and food processing plant.

ESTONIAN MONUMENT IN USA

estonia’s fight to remain free

The Estonian people have always sacrificed their blood and lives to protect their people, their heritage and their country.  So it has always been and always be.

                    “Sinimäe” THE BLUE HILLS

This 2004 dvd is a documentary about the horrendous battles that took place between the invading Red Army and the Estonian units at the Narva front in the late summer of 1944. The documentary presents these battles from the perspective of the Estonians, Germans and Russians whose units fought and died on this blood-soaked battleground.


The entire horror of war is portrayed in this dvd through the eyes of the survivors from the Estonian troops left to fight alone against the Red juggernaut;  families torn apart; the emotions of Estonians fighting with Red Army units against their brothers; recollections of a Red Army officer; and the final execution of Estonian troops who surrendered to the vengeful Czech partisans at the end of the war. Excellent documentary in Estonian with English sub-titles.

The photo above displays awards, badges and letters of Estonian soldiers who fought with the Germans against the Red Army during WW II. 

Estonian Coat of Arms

  A young Estonian cadet who fought with the Whites against the Bolsheviks in Siberia during the Russian civil war. He kept a memoir wherein he describes his adventures during civil war, including a first hand account of the Bolshevik terror.


His fascinating story can be found on: www.shuriks.com

“Windward Land”


This 2009 historical 12-part serial, in three DVDs, chronicles the lives of several Estonian families from the War of Independence to the arrival of German troops in August 1941.  A very worthwhile film for anyone interested in a realistic portrayal of the Estonian people during these turbulent two and a half decades.


The 3rd DVD, covering the period from 1937 to August of 1941, is particularly moving in its portrayal of Estonians trying to cope with their situation as patriots, traitors or scoundrels. Some turned on their own people and worked with the Russian NKVD;  some grabbed what they could and left the country; while others had the idealistic fantasy that an independent Estonia was possible under German rule.


In Estonian with English and Russian subtitles.