The People's Army attack Riga

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30. June 1919

By the end of June, the People's Army had significantly decreased its 100 km long front, making it easier for the troops to coordinate movement and better solve the issues of supplying and rest.

Few days of inactivity followed, but on June 30 new overall assault was launched, the goal was to capture Riga. It became apparent that the Germans are offering relatively strong resistance and the Estonians, sometimes too hasty, suffered pointless losses.

On July 1, 1919 however, German defense lines were broken and Estonians moved the front even closer to Riga.

Captain Johan Pitka's navy (see image) joined in in the assault: gunships "Lembitu", "Lennuk", "Vambola" and "Tasuja", and trawlers "Olev" and "Kalev" moved up Väina (Daugava) River.

German batteries on Väina River river mouth were destroyed, on July 2 Daugavgrīva fort was taken. Several armed ferries and other boats were confiscated.

By July 2 the fate of Riga was basically decided. By the demands of the Entente's military representatives new negotiations began, in order to sign peace and avoid possible battles inside Riga.

 

Source: Eesti ajalugu. VI, Vabadussõjast taasiseseisvumiseni. Tartu: Ilmamaa, 2005
Eesti Vabadussõda, 1918-1920, 1. Tallinn: Mats, 1996
Eesti ajaloo atlas. Tallinn: Avita, 2006.                                                                                                 

Image source : http://www.hot.ee/vabadussoda/vambola.jpg                  http://www.kaitseliit.ee/static/images/pitka01.jpg

 


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