Churchill and the Archangel Fiasco (Russia and the Allies 1917-1920, Volume 3)

December 21, 2020
Churchill and the Archangel Fiasco (Russia and the Allies 1917-1920, Volume 3)

This third volume in Michael Kettle's series onAllied intervention in the Russian civil war, begins at the pointwhen small-scale Allied intervention in Bolshevik-overrun Russiahad failed, but had succeeded in covering the formation of someanti-Bolshevik White groups sympathetic to allied aid.Written on a panoramic basis which includes detailed documentsfrom both sides, Kettle reveals what each side's leadership had toface as the Russian kaleidoscope constantly changed. Kettle arguesthat British intervention was doomed to failure and that the WhiteRussians became expendable British pawns in a temporary forwardholding position, designed to contain the Bolshevik inferno withinRussia. The strategic and military miscalculations of Britishmedium intervention thus prolonged the Russian civil war, andcaused a further 14 million Russian deaths.Using Churchill's previously unpublished, last papers andrecently available French documents, Kettle provides a fascinatingand in-depth analysis of the `Archangel Fiasco'.