Commemorative stamp marks centenary of decisive Latvian battle

Latvia's postal service reveals a special edition stamp November 8 commemorating the battle for Rīga in 1919.

The stamp dedicated to the centennial of the defeat of combined White Russian and German forces in the Western Volunteer Army under the command of Pavel Bermondt-Avalov uses historical photographs showing the soldiers of the Latvian Army who defended Rīga from attack in October and November 1919.

November 11, the day the battle was considered won, is now marked as Lāčplēsis Day, when Latvia's soldiers are honored, and though it coincides with the day upon which the end of the First World War in 1918 is commemorated in many other countries, the Latvian events are subtly different, marking the day in 1919 when the crucial victory was won in the fledgling republic, which had declared independence on November 18, 1918.

Though 1918 is regarded as the final year of the First World War, in Latvia military conflict continued for a considerable period after that date.

'Bermontiade' stamp
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