Anton Irv

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Anton Irv
Anton Irv 1917.jpg
Born17 September 1886
Ruudiküla, Viljandi Parish, Viljandi County, Estonia
Died27 April 1919
Egle railway station (near Strenči), Latvia
AllegianceFlag of Estonia.svg  Estonia
Service/branch Estonia
Years of service1914–1917 Imperial Russian Army
1918–1919 Estonian Army
Rank Captain
UnitDivision of Armoured Trains
Battles/wars World War I
Estonian War of Independence

Anton Irv VR I/2, VR II/2, VR II/3 (17 September 1886 – 27 April 1919) was a highly decorated Estonian combat soldier and military officer during World War I and in the Estonian War of Independence. [1]

Cross of Liberty (Estonia) medal established by former Prime Minister of Estonia Konstantin Päts

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Estonia Republic in Northern Europe

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Along with captain Karl Parts, he was the leader of Estonian armored trains in the Estonian War of Independence. Anton Irv died in the Battle of Egle (near Strenči) in Latvia.

The army rank of captain is a commissioned officer rank historically corresponding to the command of a company of soldiers. The rank is also used by some air forces and marine forces. Today, a captain is typically either the commander or second-in-command of a company or artillery battery. In the Chinese People's Liberation Army, a captain may also command a company, or be the second-in-command of a battalion.

Karl Parts Estonian general

Karl Parts VR I/1, VR II/2, VR II/3 was an Estonian military commander during the Estonian War of Independence.

Estonian War of Independence

The Estonian War of Independence, also known as the Estonian Liberation War, was a defensive campaign of the Estonian Army and its allies, most notably the White Russian Northwestern Army, Latvia, and the United Kingdom, against the Soviet Western Front offensive and the aggression of the Baltische Landeswehr. It was fought in connection with the Russian Civil War during 1918–1920. The campaign was the struggle of Estonia for its sovereignty in the aftermath of World War I. It resulted in a victory for the newly established state and was concluded in the Treaty of Tartu.

Anton Irv was born in Sillaotsa farmstead, Ruudi village, Viljandi Parish (now Viiratsi Parish), Viljandi County, Governorate of Livonia. Before World War I, Irv worked as a teacher.

Viiratsi Parish Former municipality of Estonia in Viljandi County, Estonia

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Viljandi County County of Estonia

Viljandi County or Viljandimaa;, is one of 15 counties of Estonia. It is located in southern Estonia bordering Pärnu, Järva, Jõgeva, Tartu and Valga counties.

Governorate of Livonia governorate of the Russian Empire

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During the World War I, he served in the Imperial Russian Army. He showed his good leading abilities and courage which led him to be decorated with all four classes of the Cross of St. George (the set of a "Full Cavalier"), the Médaille militaire and the Gold Sword for Bravery. In 1915 Irv was promoted to commissioned officer.

World War I 1914–1918 global war originating in Europe

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Imperial Russian Army land armed force of the Russian Empire

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Cross of St. George Russian military order

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In the end of 1917 he came to Estonia, and helped to organize the Estonian military forces in order to fight against the Red Army in the Estonian War of Independence. Irv helped to organize the Division of Armoured Trains and became a commander of that unit in January 1919.

Red Army 1917–1946 ground and air warfare branch of the Soviet Unions military

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After rushing the Red Army out of the Estonian territory in 1919, Estonian Southern front moved into the territory of Latvia and helped also to liberate the North of Latvia of the units of the Red Army. Irv was leading his unit in the battle near the railway station of Egle (near Strenči) in April 1919, when he was suddenly killed.

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  1. Toivo Miljan, Historical Dictionary of Estonia, Scarecrow Press 2004