Churchill's Crusade, Clifford Kinvig

Churchill's Crusade, Clifford Kinvig

The British Invasion of Russia, 1918-1920

This book looks at what could be described as the last campaign of the First World War, the Allied intervention in Russia. This began during 1918 partly in an attempt to re-open the Eastern Front and partly to protect the vast stockpile of military stores that had been shipped to Russia before the revolution. After the end of the First World War the intervention continued, this time with the official aim of helping the Whites overthrow the Bolshevik regime. It was at this point that Churchill played a major part in the campaign, having already developed a deep and enduring hatred for the Bolsheviks.

Kinvig gives us a good clear account of this complex and little known campaign, which involved fighting in the extreme north, east and south of Russia, and on occasions seemed to be close to success. The book covers both the military action on the ground in Russia and the political manoeuvring in London and in Russia that helped to prolong it or hinder it. The result is a good clear narrative of the war that still puts things in their wider perspective.

Author: Clifford Kinvig
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 373
Publisher: Hambledon Continuum
Year: 2007

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