By Clifford Kinvig
The tale of Britain's invasion of Russia on the finish of the 1st global battle has remained principally untold. even if no longer its preliminary architect, its leader suggest, was once the passionately anti-Bolshevik, Winston Churchill. Churchill's campaign is the 1st whole account of a different army operation - one that, if it had succeeded, could have replaced the historical past of Russia, Europe and the realm.
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That in turn required the occupation of territory from which they might be recruited. What if the agreement with the Murmansk authorities turned sour or was actively opposed by Petrograd? 10 The Bolshevik authorities were already angered by the turn of events in Siberia, where the Czechs, apparently under Allied guidance, were now fighting their former Bolshevik comrades. This coloured the regime's view of the fresh landings at Murmansk. Lenin himself despatched two peremptory telegrams to Yuryev's 26 CHURCHILL'S CRUSADE soviet ordering it to break off relations with the Allies.
Eventually most of the force fell victim to the infiienza pandemic which was sweeping the world. Despite these difficulties, the soldiers seemed to regard the venture on which they were bound as something of a picnic. With the task forces on the high seas, a wire arrived at the War Office from General Poole expressing the view that it was very unlikely that any of the Czechs would ever materialise in North Russia. A couple of days later came the confirmation that the Czech 1st Division had given up all hope of getting to the Archangel-Vologda railway and was following its comrades of the 2nd Division east to Vladivostok.
There had been reports that the Bolsheviks were organising and arming large groups of them. The concern was about the purposes which the new units might serve and the possibility of the Allied weapon stocks being taken over by them. This, and other reports, led to the fear that the Germans might be attempting to turn the region into an armed economic dependency. One gleam of hope emanating from the otherwise forbidding situation in Siberia lay in the presence there of a substantial military force committed to the cause of the Western Allies.