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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (15 July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855326566
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855326569
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.6 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On "Russian Civil War (1) "and "Russian Civil War (2)" "Each book is a wealth of information essential to anyone interested in the RCW from Murmansk to the Ukraine and Crimea to Siberia and the Far East... What is most striking about all of these books is the evolution of the skill of the artist Andrei Karachtchouk... These books are an essential part of anyone's Russian Civil War library." -"HMG"

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Mikhail Khvostov was born in Moscow in 1950. He has been interested in military history since childhood. He studied at the Moscow College for Foreign Languages. He has worked as an interpreter and a tour guide, but is now producing Russian toy soldiers - a childhood dream. His previous work for Osprey includes Men-at-Arms 293 The Russian Civil War (1) The Red Army.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terry Scaife on 14 Oct 2013
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Good for military history, very thorough historical reference. Ideal for presents for military inclined, especially boys. Always look at Osprey first.
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Interesting overview of the White Armies activities during the Russian Civil War that took place across northern Europe and Asia between 1917~1922 by Mikhail Khvostov, well illustrated by Andrei Karachtchouk. Still waiting for Russian Civil War: The Red Army (v.1)
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By Robert A. Lynn - Published on Amazon.com
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The Russian Civil War of 1918-1922 arose out of the cataclysmic events of World War One. This civil war dwarfed all others of the 20th Century in scope and significance. The lives of tens of millions were lost or changed forever in the ensuing conflagration-from battle, disease, famine, imprisonment, execution, dislocation, and exile. New weapons of war emerged. The airplane, armored car, tank, and armored train wee tested over the vast expanses of Russia, the largest country in the world, in a war of mobility not seen on the relatively static fronts that characterized World War One. Even so, the older weapons of war remained. This was the last war in which cavalry armies duelled en masse, sword on lance. Bugles still rang and unfurled flags fluttered above infantry charging into the steel mouths of guns. More than two dozen countries took part in these torturous years of civil war. Peripheral regions of the former Russian Empire that had broken away to form new nations had to fight for independence: Finland, Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, and Azerbaijan. Other countries directly intervened in the conflict as a consequence of events arising out of World War One, including Great Britain, France, Italy, Canada, Japan, Germnay, Austria-Hungary, Romania, Greece, the Ottoman Empire, and the United States. Still others participated in the fighting because their troops were trapped inside Russia at the end of World War One, such as Serbia and Czechoslovakia, or fought because the civil war spilled over into their territory, for example, Mongolia and China. At the end, the maps of Northeastern and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Far East had to be redrawn. Soon after the 1917 February revolution, and the abdication of Czar Nicholas II, the White cause began to emerge and oppose the Bolsheviks. There was, however, no single, united White Army to fight the Red Army and the forces available to the Whites represented a spectrum of political factions including monarchist military organizations and Social-Democrats. Many of the Cossack hosts also sided with the Whites, seeing it as an opportunity to create their own independent states; others remained neutral or hostile to both sides. This fascinating book, THE RUSSIAN CIVIL WAR (2) WHITE ARMIES examines the colorful uniforms and the equipment of the White armies of the Russian Civil War. With that being said, there is one mistake that must be corrected in regard to the caption on Page 46. The initial deployment of 1,889 enlisted and 48 officers of the 12th, 13th, and 62nd Infantry Regiments of the 8th Infantry Division deployed to Russia on the USS Thomas in mid-August, 1918. This was followed by a second deployment of 1,886 on the USS Sheridan and 1,811 on the USS Logan in September, 1918 to Russia. Prior to the above deployments, were the deployments of the 27th and 31st Infantry Regiments from the Philippines on the USS Merritt, USS Crook, and USS Warren to Russia via Japan in early August, 1918. They were the first U.S. Army units to arrive in Vladivostok. Seventy-five U.S. Marines from the USS Brooklyn (the flagship of the U.S. Asiatic Fleet) were reinforced by fifty U.S. Marines from the USS New Orleans (it had sailed from Cavite, Philippines).

Lt. Colonel Robert A. Lynn, Florida Guard
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great plates good introduction 20 Nov 2002
By John Malkovich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The art in this ospery edition is really quite good. There is a great amount of attention paied to uniform details. The birsk 48 page read provided some useful insight into the structure of the White Army of the Russian Civil War such as there close collaboration with Kuban and Don Cossacks also the multi-layered nature of the anti-Bolshevik movement as a whole from the right wing monarchists to the arachist partisans that fought red and white. i really loved the plates on the black uniformed officers units. Buy it!!!
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Russian Civil War (White Armies) 4 Oct 2007
By G. Dzara - Published on Amazon.com
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A very informative book with great illustrations.
I highly recommend this book to someone with an
interest in this period.
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The Russian Civil War White Armies 20 July 2009
By R. Gottschalk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Top notch. I can't imagine that you would find this information anywhere else without conducting exhaustive research.
Excellent Overview of Russian Civil War from the White & Other Sides 20 April 2014
By Dennis Wittern - Published on Amazon.com
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For those whose knowledge of the Russian Civil War is limited ( as mine was ) this book provides a great overview of the "White" & Other Forces involved in the conflict. It also has Great Color illustrations of the various uniforms worn & weapons carried and many B&W photos of those who fought on those various sides. It is a great read that will spur one on to want more information on what contributed to Russian & World History for the next 70 years or more...
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