ANZACS in Arkhangel

Michael Challinger

The untold story of Australia and the invasion of Russia 1918-19. 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 despatched a secret mission to the frozen expanses of northern Russia to prevent 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 a Bolshevik army, a climate of extremes and a wilderness of swamp and melting snow. This book includes a Nominal Roll of Australians and New Zealanders who served in North Russia.

Soft cover, photographs, 285 pages.