Title: ANZACS In Arkhangel – The Untold Story of Australia and the Invasion of Russia 1918 – 19
Author: Challinger, Michael
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 2010
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 304 pages
Comments: An extraordinary episode in Australia’s military history unearthed for the first time. In 1918, after four years of bloodshed, the Allies desperately stood their ground in the trenches of the Western Front.
But when the Russian Bolsheviks came to power and made peace with Germany, the Allies were left reeling. They dispatched a secret mission to the frozen expanses of northern Russia to prevent the vast military stores from falling into German hands. Iced-in over the winter and with no chance of reinforcement, these men became embroiled in the Russian Civil War.
In spring a special relief force, which included over one hundred Australian volunteers, was sent to extricate them. Landing in the remote northern city of Arkhangel, they battled not only a Bolshevik army, but also a climate of extremes and a wilderness of swamp and melting snow. Anzacs in Arkhangel uncovers the exploits and achievements of these Australians, bringing to light a part of the Anzac legend that is not so much forgotten as never before known.
Michael Challinger is a lawyer and Russian specialist. He has lived in Russia, Papua New Guinea and Europe, and his travel articles appear in newspaper and magazines throughout Australia. This is his fourth book.
Includes Nominal Roll of those who served in North Russia