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December 15, 1995 | MICHAEL TARM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Fifty years after he and his family escaped advancing Soviet troops, Alexander Einseln returned to his native Estonia with a lifelong mission: to lead its army out of the Soviet era. A tall, retired U.S. Army colonel with the authoritative air of an H. Norman Schwarzkopf or a George Patton, he had the experience to do it. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars and had been a staffer with the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
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December 15, 1995 | MICHAEL TARM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Fifty years after he and his family escaped advancing Soviet troops, Alexander Einseln returned to his native Estonia with a lifelong mission: to lead its army out of the Soviet era. A tall, retired U.S. Army colonel with the authoritative air of an H. Norman Schwarzkopf or a George Patton, he had the experience to do it. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars and had been a staffer with the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
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July 20, 1993 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After taking office last fall, Estonian President Lennart Meri was approached by officers of Kaitseliit, a 7,000-man paramilitary resistance force formed here in the final years of the Soviet Union's half-century occupation. With its bolt-action hunting rifles, Kaitseliit could be the backbone of Estonia's new army, the officers told him. But we won't take orders from anyone who served in the Soviet system.
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July 20, 1993 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After taking office last fall, Estonian President Lennart Meri was approached by officers of Kaitseliit, a 7,000-man paramilitary resistance force formed here in the final years of the Soviet Union's half-century occupation. With its bolt-action hunting rifles, Kaitseliit could be the backbone of Estonia's new army, the officers told him. But we won't take orders from anyone who served in the Soviet system.
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