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Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War

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Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War
Part of the Russian Civil War
Map of the Russian Civil War during the Allied Intervention.png

Map of the Russian Civil War during the Allied Intervention, November 1918
Date1918–1925
Location
Result

Allied tactical victory

  • Repatriation of the Czech Legion
  • Munitions and armaments seized from Russian ports

Bolshevik strategic victory

  • Allied withdrawal
  • Defeat and collapse of the Russian White Movement (1923)
Belligerents

White Movement
 Czechoslovakia (1918–1919)
 United Kingdom (1918–1920)

 United States (1918–1920)
 France (1918–1920)
 Japan (1918–1925)
 Greece
 Estonia
 Serbia
 Italy
 Poland
 Romania
 China
 Russian SFSR
 Far Eastern Republic
Latvian SSR
Ukrainian SSR
Commune of Estonia
Mongolian People's Party
Commanders and leaders
Alexander Kolchak Executed
Evgeny Miller
Mikhail Diterikhs
Grigory Semyonov
Radola Gajda
Jan Syrový
William S. Graves
George Evans Stewart
Edmund Ironside
Kikuzo Otani
Yui Mitsue
Henri Bertholot
Philippe d'Anselme
Konstantinos Nider
Ernest Broșteanu
Vladimir Lenin
Leon Trotsky
Jukums Vācietis
Sergey Kamenev
Mikhail Tukhachevsky

Fedor Raskolnikov
Joseph Stalin
Dmitry Zhloba
Pavel Dybenko
Alexander Krasnoshchyokov
Damdin Sükhbaatar
Darker green and Black flag.svg
Nikifor Grigoriev
Strength
50,000 troops
15,600 troops
23,000 troops
11,000 troops
11,300 troops
70,000 troops
2,500 troops
2,000 troops
2,300 troops
150 troops
7,500+

Casualties and losses
 Czechoslovakia: 4,112 killed[2]
 United States: 424 killed.[2]
 United Kingdom:
359 killed
453 wounded
143 missing or captured[3]
 Greece:[4]
179 killed
173 missing
46 dead from wounds or non-combat related causes
657 wounded
Unknown

1 landing craft captured by Romanians[5]

Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War consisted of a series of multi-national military expeditions in 1918. The stated goals were to help the Czechoslovak Legion, to secure supplies of munitions and armaments in Russian ports, and to re-establish the Eastern Front. Overthrow of the new Bolshevik regime was an additional, covert motivation.[6] [7]

After the Bolshevik government withdrew from World War I, the Allied Powers openly backed the anti-communist White forces in Russia. Allied efforts were hampered by divided objectives, war-weariness from the overall global conflict, and a lack of domestic support. These factors, together with the evacuation of the Czechoslovak Legion, compelled the Allied Powers to withdraw from North Russia and Siberia in 1920, though Japanese forces occupied parts of Siberia until 1922 and the northern half of Sakhalin until 1925.[8]

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Transcription

Hey, Cypher here and boy do I have a show for you. Today we talk about the true horrors of war in another Wars You've Never Heard of. This time: the Russian Intervention! Man, I've been wanting to do this for a long time. The Russian Intervention is kind of my most studied subject in all of history. Trust me when I say I can talk for hours on this, but I'm am going to try to keep it short. So, most people have never heard of this war. Most people don't even believe its true when they hear about it. For instance, President Reagan, during a State of the Union address once said "Tonight, I want to speak to the people of the Soviet Union, to tell them it's true that our governments have had serious differences, but our sons and daughters have never fought each other in war. And if we Americans have our way, they never will." Well, that is flat out false! The US really did invade Soviet Russia. Yes, we invaded Russia. Not only did we do so, but we basically helped oppose the newly created communist state in its formative civil war. From 1918-1920, the US, France, England, and several other countries invaded and directly fought Soviet Russia. Crazy, right!? I have a bibliography a mile long, so I'll include a few books in the description. To start this story, we have to begin at the height of WWI, in Russia 1917. The government was in turmoil. They were losing the war and the people were out in the streets. By November a coup took the government in what is called the October Revolution, creating the first real communist government in world history. After a few months of fighting WWI, they signed a peace treaty with Germany and left the war. The remaining allies, including the newly joined United States were worried that Germany would overwhelm them on the Western Front, since the Eastern Front no longer really existed. They could not decide what to do about Russia leaving the war. Now a few other problems existed in Russia at this time for the allies. They had a whole lot of munitions that had been given to them during the war. We wanted it back, or at least not to be used by the Soviets. Also they had thrown out a democratically elected congress because it was not in agreement with the ruling Bolsheviks. Furthermore, this was communism, something that the world was not prepared to accept. Things looked bleak. Eventually it was decided to intervene in Russia by the British, and subsequently the rest of the allies. Trust me when I say this, the reasoning behind this is convoluted at best. I wrote an article about this called "a Study in Confusion," and I did so for good reason. After a lot of study into the British Cabinet's decision making process, I can firmly say they did not know why the were doing this, or even what they were doing. The just choose to invade for separate and personal reasons. By July a full invasion was mounted into Russia. Yes, the Allies invaded their former ally. We took two northern provinces, three southern ones, and all of Siberia. All be told the Allies (including the US) held more of the old Russian Empire than the soviets did in 1918. Look at this picture! It is of the allies parading down a conquered Russian city. There are a lot of ironies to be drawn by this. Red Army troops engaging in a shooting war with the US in a way the Cold War after WWII never saw - is probably the greatest though. One battle in particular, which I talked about in the last video, signifies the worst of it - called Peace Day's Bloody Battle. You can click the corner to go see that. We supported the white generals fighting the Soviets, as well as proping up other opposing governments in the North. The anti-communism purpose of the war was clearly violated since one of those governments was communist itself. In fact all the purposes of this war were violated horribly. We held the munitions while we were there, but left them there when we left. We never started another Eastern Front with Germany for WWI, and didn't even stop fighting in Russia after WWI had long ended. The troops fighting couldn't even figure what we were doing there. One soldier wrote that: "We were forgotten by our own country, ignored by the one for which we were fighting and drenched in belligerent blood for a thankless people. Over the frozen chaos of Russia, we carried our dead" They had no clue, and the people making the decision to stay didn't either. The whole thing became a bloody mess. Battle after battle was waged in the frozen wastes, and nothing came of it. No reinforcements and no meaningful purpose. After a long time the US completely pulled out in 1920 (though the Japanese kept fighting the Russians for a few more years). There was no rhyme or reason to the retreat only leaving with our tails between our legs. This was a defeat. We lost this war in a more meaningful way than many talk of Vietnam. I can do an episode on real US defeats, but suffice it to say, we were the losers in this war. The commies beat us back, and we ran away. This war didn't just end with the US accepting soviet Russia. We tried to deny they existed for years. In fact, we didn't recognize the Soviets until 1934, 14 years after the war. We also tried to create a trade embargo against them. One of the original reasons for the creation of FBI was to stop communist movements within America. In many ways the Cold War started long before the end WWII as a response to this war. We may forget this war, but in the words of Soviet Premier Khrushchev: "[The Russian people] remember that in the hard time after the October Revolution, U.S. troops led by their generals landed on Soviet soil to help the White Guards fight our Soviet system. And they were not the only ones to land. The Japanese landed too, the French landed in Odessa and the Germans advanced as far as the Soviet Caucasus. The armed forces of bourgeois Poland seized Kiev. The British, too, landed their forces to fight us. Many European capitalist countries, as well as the United States and Japan, sent their troops into an offensive against the young Soviet state in an effort to strangle our Revolution." So this small war determined the fate of US-Russian relations years before most US citizens even think it mattered. It was mired in confusion and dissolution. One author used this famous poem to capture the true nature of this tiny little war. It goes: "And we are here as on a darkling plain Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, Where ignorant armies clash by night" So thanks for watching. Tell me what you think about this subject. Don't forget to like and subscribe. I'll see you next time.

Contents

Prologue to the Allied intervention

Revolution

In 1917, Russia was in a state of political strife, and public support for World War I and Tsar Nicholas II was dwindling. The country was on the brink of revolution. The February Revolution changed the course of the war; under intense political pressure, the Tsar abdicated and the Russian Provisional Government was formed, led initially by Georgy Lvov and later by Alexander Kerensky. The Provisional Government pledged to continue fighting the Germans on the Eastern Front.[8]

The Allied Powers had been shipping supplies to Russia since the beginning of the war in 1914 through the ports of Arkhangelsk, Murmansk, and Vladivostok. In 1917, the United States entered the war on the Allied side. US President Woodrow Wilson dropped his reservations about joining the war with the despotic Tsar as an ally, and the United States began providing economic and technical support to Kerensky's government.[8]

The war became unpopular with the Russian populace. Political and social unrest increased, with the Marxist anti-war Bolshevik Party under Vladimir Lenin gaining widespread support. Large numbers of common soldiers either mutinied or deserted the Imperial Russian Army. In the offensive of 18 June 1917, the Russian Army was defeated by the German and Austro-Hungarian forces as a result of a counter-attack. This led to the collapse of the Eastern Front. The demoralised Russian Army was on the verge of mutiny and most soldiers had deserted the front lines. Kerensky replaced Aleksei Brusilov with Lavr Kornilov as Commander-in-Chief of the Army.

Kornilov attempted to set up a military dictatorship by staging a coup in late August 1917. He had the support of the British military attaché, Brigadier-General Alfred Knox, and Kerensky accused Knox of producing pro-Kornilov propaganda. Kerensky also claimed Lord Milner, member of the British War Cabinet, wrote him a letter expressing support for Kornilov. A British armoured car squadron commanded by Oliver Locker-Lampson and dressed in Russian uniforms participated in the failed coup.[9][10][11] In 1917, the October Revolution led to the overthrow of Kerensky's provisional government, and the Bolsheviks assuming power.

Russia exits the war

German troops invaded the Russian Empire and threatened to capture Moscow and impose its own regime in early 1918. Lenin wanted to cut a deal with Germany but was unable to get approval from his council until late February. Bolshevik Russia then switched sides and supported the German position. The Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk. The Allied Powers felt betrayed and turned against the new regime, aiding its "White" enemies and landing troops to prevent Russian supplies from reaching Germany.[12]

The betrayal removed whatever reservations the Allied Powers had about overthrowing the Bolsheviks. According to William Henry Chamberlin, even before Brest-Litovsk, "Downing Street contemplated a protectorate over the Caucasus and the Quai d'Orsay over Crimea, Bessarabia and the Ukraine", and began negotiating deals for funding White generals to bring them into being. R. H. Bruce Lockhart and another British agent and a French official in Moscow tried to organize a coup that would overthrow the Bolshevik regime. They were dealing with double agents and were exposed and arrested.[13]

Czechoslovak Legions

Czechoslovak troops in Vladivostok (1918)
Czechoslovak troops in Vladivostok (1918)

The Czechoslovak Legion was at times in control of most of the Trans-Siberian railway, all major cities in Siberia. The signing of the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk ensured that prisoners-of-war (POW) would be transferred to and from each country. Austro-Hungarian prisoners were of a number of various nationalities; some Czechoslovak POWs deserted to the Russian Army. Czechoslovaks had long desired to create their own independent state, and the Russians aided in establishing special Czechoslovak units (the Czechoslovak Legions) to fight the Central Powers.

In 1917, the Bolsheviks stated that if the Czechoslovak Legions remained neutral and agreed to leave Russia, they would be granted safe passage through Siberia en route to France via Vladivostok to fight with the Allied forces on the Western Front. The Czechoslovak Legions travelled via the Trans-Siberian Railway to Vladivostok. However, fighting between the Legions and the Bolsheviks erupted in May 1918.

Allied concerns

Canadian Siberian Expeditionary Force, 1919
Canadian Siberian Expeditionary Force, 1919

The Allied Powers became concerned at the collapse of the Eastern Front and the loss of their Tsarist ally to communism, and there was also the question of the large quantities of supplies and equipment in Russian ports, which the Allied Powers feared might be seized by the Germans. Also worrisome to the Allied Powers was the April 1918 landing of a division of German troops in Finland, increasing speculation they might attempt to capture the Murmansk-Petrograd railway, and subsequently the strategic port of Murmansk and possibly Arkhangelsk. Other concerns regarded the potential destruction of the Czechoslovak Legions and the threat of Bolshevism, the nature of which worried many Allied governments. Meanwhile, Allied materiel in transit quickly accumulated in the warehouses in Arkhangelsk and Murmansk. Estonia had established a national army with the support of Finnish volunteers and were defending against the 7th Red Army's attack.[14]

Faced with these events, the British and French governments decided upon an Allied military intervention in Russia.

American troops parading in Vladivostok, August 1918
American troops parading in Vladivostok, August 1918

Severely short of troops to spare, the British and French requested that President Wilson provide American soldiers for the campaign. In July 1918, against the advice of the United States Department of War, Wilson agreed to the limited participation of 5,000 United States Army troops in the campaign. This force, which became known as the "American North Russia Expeditionary Force"[15] (a.k.a. the Polar Bear Expedition) were sent to Arkhangelsk while another 8,000 soldiers, organised as the American Expeditionary Force Siberia,[16] were shipped to Vladivostok from the Philippines and from Camp Fremont in California.

That same month, the Canadian government agreed to the British government's request to command and provide most of the soldiers for a combined British Empire force, which also included Australian and Indian troops. Some of this force was the Canadian Siberian Expeditionary Force; another part was the North Russia Intervention. A Royal Navy squadron was sent to the Baltic under Rear-Admiral Edwyn Alexander-Sinclair. This force consisted of modern C-class cruisers and V and W-class destroyers. In December 1918, Sinclair sailed into Estonian and Latvian ports, sending in troops and supplies, and promising to attack the Bolsheviks "as far as my guns can reach". In January 1919, he was succeeded in command by Rear-Admiral Walter Cowan.

The Japanese, concerned about their northern border, sent the largest military force, numbering about 70,000. They desired the establishment of a buffer state in Siberia,[17] and the Imperial Japanese Army General Staff viewed the situation in Russia as an opportunity for settling Japan's "northern problem". The Japanese government was also intensely hostile to communism.

Allied troops parading in Vladivostok, 1918
Allied troops parading in Vladivostok, 1918

The Italians created the special "Corpo di Spedizione" with Alpini troops sent from Italy and ex-POWs of Italian ethnicity from the former Austro-Hungarian army who were recruited to the Italian Legione Redenta. They were initially based in the Italian Concession in Tientsin and numbered about 2,500.

Romania, Greece, Poland, China, and Serbia also sent contingents in support of the intervention.

Foreign forces throughout Russia

The positions of the Allied expeditionary forces and of the White Armies in European Russia, 1919
The positions of the Allied expeditionary forces and of the White Armies in European Russia, 1919

Numbers of Allied soldiers who were present in the indicated regions of Russia:

Campaigns

North Russia

Captured British Mark V tank in Arkhangelsk
Captured British Mark V tank in Arkhangelsk

Baltics and Northwestern Russia

Although the Estonian Army had attained control over its country, the opposing 7th and Estonian Red Armies were still active. The Estonian High Command decided to push their defense lines across the border into Russia in support of the White Russian Northern Corps. They went on offensive at Narva, catching the Soviets by surprise and destroying their 6th Division.[29] The attack was supported along the Gulf of Finland's coast by Royal Navy and the Estonian Navy and marines. With the front approaching, the garrison of the Krasnaya Gorka fort mutinied. But the 7th Red Army received reinforcements and counterattacked, pushing the White Russians back, until the front was stabilised with the support from the Estonian 1st Division at the Luga and Saba Rivers.[30]

The Estonian Pskov offensive commenced simultaneously on 13 May 1919. Its Petseri Battle Group destroyed the Estonian Red Army, captured the town on 25 May, and cleared the territory between Estonia and the Velikaya River.[31] A few days later, the Northern Corps forces arrived in Pskov. On 19 June 1919, the Estonian Commander-in-Chief Johan Laidoner rescinded his command over the White Russians, and they were renamed the Northwestern Army. Shortly afterward, General Nikolai N. Yudenich took command of the troops.[29]

The next offensive of the Northwestern Army was planned on 10 July 1919, but the armaments and supplies expected from the Allies did not arrive. Nor did the Estonians desire to proceed with the fruitless war since with the initial peace approach of April 1919 the Russian Bolshevik government already guaranteed the recognition of the independent Estonian state. So when British Gen. Gough requested on 8 August Estonians for the military assistance to Yudenich, Estonians in return asked both Yudenich and the Allies to recognise their state first. Gough's deputy, Brigadier Gen. Frank Marsh required Yudenich to immediately issue a statute that would establish the Government of the North-West Russian Region[32] encompassing Petrograd, Pskov and Novgorod Governorates that would officially guarantee de-jure recognition of Estonia. On 16 August Times made the deal public that angered the Foreign Office and the War Cabinet, and caused a decline in further military aid to Yudenich[33].

However, the Northwestern Army launched operation White Sword, the last major effort to capture Petrograd on 9 October, with arms provided by Britain and France, and the operational support by the Estonian Army, Estonian Navy, and the Royal Navy.[14] The Estonian and British forces made a joint land and naval attack against Krasnaya Gorka, while the Estonian 2nd Division attempted to throw the 10th Red Division across the Velikaya, and the 3rd Division attacked toward Pytalovo and Ostrov. The Northwestern Army approached to within 16 km (10 mi) of Petrograd, but the Red Army repulsed them back to the Narva River.[31] Distrustful of the White Russians, the Estonian High Command disarmed and interned the remains of the Northwestern Army that retreated behind the state border.[34]

Southern Russia and Ukraine

On 18 December 1918, a month after the armistice, the French occupied Odessa and Sevastopol. This began the intervention in southern Russia (later Ukraine) which was to aid and supply General Denikin's White Army forces, the Volunteer Army, fighting the Bolsheviks there. The campaign involved mainly French and Greek troops. By April 1919, they were withdrawn after an attack by Nikifor Grigoriev's Army[35] before the defeat of the White Army's march against Moscow. General Wrangel reorganized his army in the Crimea; however, with the deteriorating situation, he and his soldiers fled Russia aboard Allied ships on 14 November 1920.

Bessarabia

After the Bolshevik forces of the Rumcherod attacked the region of Bessarabia, the Romanian government of Ion I. C. Brătianu decided to intervene, and on January 26 [O.S. January 13] 1918, the 11th Infantry Division under General Ernest Broșteanu entered Chișinău. The Bolshevik troops retreated to Tighina, and after a battle retreated further beyond the Dniester.[36] The battle of Tighina was one of the two significant engagements of the 1918 Bessarabian Campaign. It lasted for five days, between 20 and 25 January, and ended in a Romanian victory, albeit with significant Romanian casualties (141 dead). Romanian troops captured 800 guns.[37]

Russud-class vessel
Russud-class vessel

The second important battle was fought at Vâlcov, between 27 January and 3 February. The actions of Bolshevik warships (including three Donetsk-class gunboats), managed to delay the Romanians for several days, but the ships had to retreat on 3 February due to no longer being able to adjust and correct their aiming, after Romanian artillery destroyed the shore-based Bolshevik artillery observation posts. Later that day, Romanian troops occupied Vâlcov. The Romanians captured the Russud-class landing craft K-2 as well as several more barges armed with a total of eight 152 mm Obuchov guns.[38][39][40]

Siberia

A Japanese lithograph showing troops occupying Blagoveschensk
A Japanese lithograph showing troops occupying Blagoveschensk

The joint Allied intervention began in August 1918.[17] The Japanese entered through Vladivostok and points along the China–Russia border with more than 70,000 troops eventually being deployed. The Japanese were joined by British[41] and later American, Canadian, French, and Italian troops. Elements of the Czechoslovak Legion[42] that had reached Vladivostok, greeted the Allied forces. The Americans deployed the 27th Infantry and 31st Infantry regiments out of the Philippines, plus elements of the 12th, 13th and 62nd Infantry Regiments out of Camp Fremont.[43]

The Japanese were expected to send only around 7,000 troops for the expedition, but by the end of their involvement in Siberia had deployed 70,000. The deployment of such a large force for a rescue operation made the Allied Powers wary of Japanese intentions.[44] On 5 September, the Japanese linked up with the vanguard of the Czech Legion,[44] a few days later the British, Italian and French contingents joined the Czechs in an effort to re-establish the Eastern Front beyond the Urals; as a result the European Allied Powers trekked westward.[44] The Canadians largely remained in Vladivostok for the duration. The Japanese, with their own objectives in mind, refused to proceed west of Lake Baikal.[44] The Americans, suspicious of Japanese intentions, also stayed behind to keep an eye on them.[44] By November, the Japanese occupied all ports and major towns in the Russian Maritime Provinces and Siberia east of the city of Chita.[44]

The Allied Powers lent their support to White Russian elements from the summer of 1918.[44] There were tensions between the two anti-Bolshevik factions; the White Russian government led by Admiral Alexander Kolchak and the Cossacks led by Grigory Semyonov and Ivan Kalmykov which also hampered efforts.

All Allied forces were evacuated by 1920, apart from the Japanese who stayed until 1922.

Caucasus

In 1917, Dunsterforce, an Allied military mission of under 1,000 Australian, British, and Canadian troops (drawn from the Mesopotamian and Western Fronts), accompanied by armoured cars, deployed from Hamadan some 350 km (220 mi) across Qajar Persia. It was named after its commander General Lionel Dunsterville. Its mission was to gather information, train and command local forces, and prevent the spread of German propaganda.[45]

Later on, Dunsterville was told to take and protect the Baku oil fields. The force was initially delayed by 3,000 Russian Bolshevik troops at Enzeli but then proceeded by ship to the port of Baku on the Caspian Sea. This was the primary target for the advancing Ottoman forces and Dunsterforce endured a short, brutal siege in September 1918 before being forced to withdraw.

However, having been defeated in World War I, the Ottoman Empire had to withdraw its forces from the borders of Azerbaijan in the middle of November 1918. Headed by General William Thomson, the British troops of 5,000 soldiers arrived in Baku on 17 November, and martial law was implemented on the capital of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic until "the civil power would be strong enough to release the forces from the responsibility to maintain the public order".

Trans-Caspian Campaign

Allied military action began on 11 August 1918, when General Malleson intervened in support of the Ashkhabad Executive Committee, who had ousted the Tashkent Soviet Bolsheviks from the western end of the Trans-Caspian Railway in July 1918. Malleson had been authorised to intervene with Empire and British troops, in what would be referred to as the Malleson Mission. He sent the Machine Gun Section of the 19th Punjabi Rifles to Baýramaly located on the Trans-Caspian railway. After combat at Merv, they were joined by the rest of the regiment. There was further action at Kaka on 28 August 11 and 18 September. They were reinforced on 25 September by two squadrons of the 28th Light Cavalry. Fighting alongside Trans-Caspian troops, they subsequently fought at Arman Sagad (between 9 and 11 October) and Dushak (14 October).

By 1 November, they had re-occupied Merv and on instructions of the British government, halted their advance and took up defensive positions at Bairam Ali. The Trans-Caspian forces continued to attack the Bolsheviks to the north. After the Trans-Caspian forces were routed at Uch Aji, their commander Colonel Knollys sent the 28th Cavalry to their support at Annenkovo. In January 1919, one company of the 19th Punjabi Rifles was sent to reinforce the position at Annenkovo, where a second battle took place on 16 January. The British Government decided on 21 January to withdraw the force, and the last troops left for Persia on 5 April.[46]

Aftermath

Allied withdrawal

The Allied Powers withdrew in 1920. The Japanese military stayed in the Maritime Provinces of the Russian Far East until 1922 and in northern Sakhalin until 1925, following the signing of the Soviet–Japanese Basic Convention in Beijing, in which Japan agreed to withdraw its troops from Russia. In return, the Soviet Union agreed to honor the provisions of the Treaty of Portsmouth.[20][47]

Assessment by historians

Historical assessment of the intervention has been universally negative. Frederick L. Schuman wrote that the consequences of the expedition "were to poison East-West relations forever after, to contribute significantly to the origins of World War II and the later 'Cold War,' and to fix patterns of suspicion and hatred on both sides which even today threaten worse catastrophes in time to come."[48] Modern historian Robert Maddox summarised, "The immediate effect of the intervention was to prolong a bloody civil war, thereby costing thousands of additional lives and wreaking enormous destruction on an already battered society."[49]

See also

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Further reading

  • Wright, Damien. "Churchill's Secret War with Lenin: British and Commonwealth Military Intervention in the Russian Civil War, 1918-20", Solihull, UK, 2017
  • Carley, Michael Jabara. "Allied Intervention and the Russian Civil War, 1917–1922," International History Review 11#4 (1989), pp. 689–700 in JSTOR. Historiography
  • Foglesong, David S. "Policies Toward Russia and Intervention in the Russian Revolution." in Ross A. Kennedy ed., A Companion to Woodrow Wilson (2013): 386–405.
  • Humphreys, Leonard A. (1996). The Way of the Heavenly Sword: The Japanese Army in the 1920s. Stanford University Press. ISBN 0-8047-2375-3.
  • Isitt, Benjamin (2010). From Victoria to Vladivostok: Canada's Siberian Expedition, 1917-19. University of British Columbia Press. ISBN 978-0-7748-1802-5. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011.
  • Isitt, Benjamin (2006). "Mutiny from Victoria to Vladivostok, December 1918". Canadian Historical Review. University of Toronto Press. 87 (2): 223–264. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011.
  • Long, John W. "American Intervention in Russia: The North Russian Expedition, 1918–19." Diplomatic History 6.1 (1982): 45–68.
  • Moffat, Ian C.D. The Allied Intervention in Russia, 1918–1920: The Diplomacy of Chaos (2015) excerpt
  • Moore, Perry. Stamping Out the Virus: Allied Intervention in the Russian Civil War 1918–1920 (2002)
  • Plotke, AJ (1993). Imperial Spies Invade Russia. Westport CT, London: Greenwood Press. ISBN 0-313-28611-6.
  • Richard, Carl J. "'The Shadow of a Plan': The Rationale Behind Wilson's 1918 Siberian Intervention." Historian 49.1 (1986): 64–84. Historiography
  • Silverlight, John. The Victors' Dilemma: Allied Intervention in the Russian Civil War, 1917–1920 (1970)
  • Trani, Eugene P. "Woodrow Wilson and the decision to intervene in Russia: a reconsideration." Journal of Modern History 48.3 (1976): 440–461. in JSTOR
  • Unterberger, Betty Miller. "Woodrow Wilson and the Bolsheviks: The "Acid Test" of Soviet–American Relations." Diplomatic History 11.2 (1987): 71–90.
  • Willett, Robert L. (2003). Russian Sideshow: America's Undeclared War, 1918–1920. Washington D.C.: Brassey's. ISBN 1-57488-429-8.

External links

  • Beyer, Rick (2003). The Greatest Stories Never Told. A&E Television Networks / The History Channel. ISBN 0-06-001401-6.
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