The Soviet Baltic Offensive, 1944–45

German Defense of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

Ian Baxter

A fully illustrated account of the Soviet offensive in the Baltics and the desperate German attempts to hold back the Red Army.
Date Published :
November 2022
Publisher :
Series :
Casemate Illustrated
Illustration :
Fully illustrated
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781636241067
Pages : 128
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order


A fully illustrated account of the Soviet offensive in the Baltics and the desperate German attempts to hold back the Red Army.

This is a compelling account of the German defense of the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Against overwhelming Soviet forces the book shows how the German Army Group North was driven across the Baltics from Leningrad and fought a number isolated battles including the defense of Narva, Memel and the Kurland pocket.

The book outlines in dramatic detail how Hitler forbade his troops to withdraw, ordering them to follow his Halt Order Decree and fight to the death. However, exhausted and demoralized by continuous Soviet assaults, Army Group North became cut-off and isolated, fighting fanatically to hold the capital cities of Tallin, Vilnius and Riga. What followed were German forces fighting to the death in the last few small pockets of land surrounding three ports: Libau in Kurland, Pillau in East Prussia and Danzig at the mouth of the River Vistula. In the Kurland, German divisions became surrounded and fought a vicious defense until May 1945.

Drawing on a host of rare and unpublished photographs accompanied by in-depth captions and text, the book provides an absorbing read of the Red Army’s conquering of the Baltics.

About The Author

Ian Baxter is an avid collector of WW2 photographs. His previous books in this Series include Hitler’s Boy Soldiers, Nazi Concentration Camp Commandants and German Army on the Eastern Front – The Advance, German Army on the Eastern Front – The Retreat and Nazi Concentration Camp Commandants, The Crushing of Army Group (North) and the SS Waffen Division series including SS Leibstandarte Division and SS Totenkopf Division At War. He lives near Chelmsford, Essex.


1. Prelude to destruction
2. Defensive positions
3. Defending the frontiers of Estonia & Lithuania 2 February–13 July 1944 – Narva Front, Crushing of Vilnius
4. Battle of Attrition – 21 July 1944–January 1945 – Withdrawal, Tallinn Offensive, Riga Offensive, Retreat to Kurland
5. Fortress Kurland
6. Baltic Exodus


"​Highly recommended."

- AMPS Indianapolis

"Ian’s narrative skill is brilliant, his meticulous research is extraordinary, and cogency beyond reproach."


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