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Nikolai Reek
February 1, 1890
The Finnish Chief of the General Staff Lennart Oesch (on the left) monitors the Estonian army military exercises on October 1938. He also held a meetings with the Estonian General Staff of top secret military co-operation between Finland and Estonia. The second person on the right is Nikolai Reek
Born (1890-02-01)February 1, 1890
Died May 8, 1942(1942-05-08) (aged 52)
Allegiance  Estonia
Service/branch Maavagi crest.svg Estonian Army
Years of service 1907–1917 Russian Imperial Army
1918–1940 Estonian Army
Rank Lieutenant General

World War I
Estonian War of Independence

Awards Cross of Liberty (Estonia)
Order of Lāčplēsis
Order of the White Star
Other work Minister of War

Nikolai Reek VR I/2, VR II/2, VR II/3 (born Nikolai Bazykov; February 1, 1890 Tallinn, Estonia – May 8, 1942 Ussolye, Perm Oblast, Soviet Union) was the Estonian military commander during the Estonian War of Independence.

In 1910, he graduated from Chuguyev Military Academy. He participated in World War I, in 1917 graduated Imperial Nicholas Military Academy. Reek joined Estonian units in 1917 and was Chief of Staff until dissolution of these units. After that he organized Defence League in Virumaa. In Estonian Liberation War Reek was firstly commander of 5th regiment at Viru Front, in January 1919 he became Chief of Staff of 1st Division, in April he became Chief of Staff of 3rd Division. Reek played important role in winning war against Baltische Landeswehr. In September 1919 he achieved rank of Colonel and served as Chief of Staff of Viru Front. After war Reek repeatedly served in positions of Chief of Staff, Minister of Defense and Commander of 2nd Division. At 1938 Reek was promoted to Lieutenant General. In 1941 Soviet occupation authorities arrested Reek and the following year executed him.

Reek is recipient of the Latvian military Order of Lāčplēsis, 2nd class.[1]

See also


  1. Priedītis, Ērichs Ēriks (1996) (in Latvian). Latvijas Valsts apbalvojumi un Lāčplēši.. Riga: Junda. ISBN 9984-01-020-1. OCLC 38884671. 
Preceded by
Jaan Soots
Minister of War
1927 - 1928
Succeeded by
Mihkel Juhkam
Preceded by
Paul Lill
Minister of War
1939 - 1940
Succeeded by
Soviet occupation

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