9781574887068

Russian Sideshow : America's Undeclared War, 1918-1920

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    9781574887068

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    1574887068

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-05-02
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
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Summary

In July 1918, as the carnage of World War I continued, President Woodrow Wilson deployed U.S. troops to join other Allied forces in civil war-ravaged Russia. Ostensibly a mission to guard czarist military supplies and the Trans-Siberian Railroad, the true purpose of the Allied intervention was to help topple the nascent Bolshevik government. Dispatched to some of the most remote regions of the Russian wilderness-from the frigid port city of Archangel to Lake Baikal to Vladivostok-the U.S. troops encountered fierce resistance from Red Army units, partisans, and peasants. Using previously classified official records and the letters and diaries of Americans who served there, Robert L. Willett describes the suffering of the hundreds of American soldiers who fought and died in subzero conditions, both in combat and from disease. Expertly researched and provocatively written, this book is the first to describe in detail the experiences of the American doughboys who fought in this little-known campaign-a tragically misguided military action that established a legacy of distrust that defined U.S.-Soviet relations for the next seven decades.

Table of Contents

List of Maps ix
Preface xi
Acknowledgments xv
Introduction xix
PART I: NORTH RUSSIA
1 The Early Days in Murmansk
3(7)
2 Force B—Archangel
10(7)
3 The 339th Takes Shape
17(7)
4 The Americans Land in Archangel
24(7)
5 The Railroad Front
31(17)
6 The Onega Front
48(12)
7 The Emtsa/Seletskoye Front
60(15)
8 The Dvina Front
75(15)
9 The Vaga Front
90(12)
10 The Pinega Front
102(11)
11 In Archangel
113(18)
12 The Murmansk Railroad Companies
131(8)
13 The Withdrawal
139(10)
14 Aftermath
149(4)
PART II: SIBERIA
15 The Russian Railroad Story
153(9)
16 Vladivostok and the Navy
162(3)
17 The AEFS Assembles
165(6)
18 The Early Days in Siberia
171(6)
19 General Graves Arrives in Russia
177(14)
20 Life in Siberia
191(14)
21 Spring Comes to Siberia
205(13)
22 The Battles Begin
218(14)
23 The Suchan Valley
232(7)
24 Elsewhere in Siberia-1919
239(12)
25 The American Red Cross
251(6)
26 The Exodus-1920
257(8)
27 Conclusions
265(3)
Epilogue 268(3)
Notes 271(34)
Selected Bibliography 305(6)
Index 311(16)
About the Author 327

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