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Useful, if biased, account of Britain's war against Russia in 1917-20,
This review is from: Russian Roulette: A Deadly Game: How British Spies Thwarted Lenin's Global Plot (Kindle Edition)
This fascinating book tells the story of how the British state did all it could to destroy the Russian people. It details the British plot to kill Lenin and the entire Bolshevik leadership, a plot in which the British diplomat, Bruce Lockhart, was implicated.
The British state armed and backed Kolchak's army, which included 7,500 Americans and 1,600 British soldiers.
Churchill urged all-out aggression against Russia, and insisted on the use of chemical weapons against the Soviets, saying they were `The right medicine for the Bolshevist'.
Wilfrid Malleson, commander of the East Persian Cordon, led an August 1918 raid into Soviet Turkestan, killing hundreds of Red Army soldiers. His forces tortured prisoners. After a massacre of Shias in Kandahar, his propaganda team distributed thousands of highly inflammatory leaflets fomenting strife between Sunnis and Shias. Malleson boasted, "We were able to make much capital out of this."
Minster of War Alexander Kerensky's failed offensive of June 1917 alone killed 500,000 Russians. So by taking Russia out of the war a year early, the revolution saved millions of lives. The two alliances of empires had killed at least 10 million people and wounded and maimed 20 million in order to crush rival empires: they had no right to criticise the Bolsheviks for changing a government by force.
The book is sub-titled `how British spies thwarted Lenin's global plot'. It should really be sub-titled `how the Russian people defeated the British Empire's attack'.