Armies in Southern Russia 1918–19

Armies in Southern Russia 1918–19

Men-at-Arms 540
  • Author: Phoebus Athanassiou
  • Illustrator: Peter Dennis
  • Short code: MAA 540
  • Publication Date: 24 Jun 2021
  • Number of Pages: 48
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An important aspect of the Russian Civil War were the several Allied expeditions immediately following World War I in support of the disunited Russian 'White' armies resisting the Bolshevik Revolution. Although they ended in failure, these ventures were long resented, and were the origin of the 70-year-long Soviet suspicion of the Western Allies. British and US expeditionary forces operated in North Russia and Siberia in support of General Yudenich and Admiral Kolchak respectively, and a French and Greek expeditionary force (plus Romanian and Polish elements) operated in Crimea and south-western Ukraine, in support of General Denikin. The situation was further complicated by the presence of strong Imperial German elements still under arms, and by war between various factions in the Ukraine. This Southern theatre of the Allied interventions is far less well known than that of the British and Americans in the North and East.

Featuring rare photos and new colour plates, this fascinating new book describes this major Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War. Dr Phoebus Athanassiou writes a compelling account of how the French and Greeks alongside White Russians were greatly outnumbered by pro-Bolshevik forces and were relentlessly pushed back by the Ukrainian forces. In just over 4 months, on 28 April 1919, the last of their forces were evacuated by Allied navies from Sevastopol in Crimea.

Biographical Note

Dr Phoebus Athanassiou is an officer of the Greek Army Reserve, who has seen service in Greece and Cyprus. He currently lives in Germany and works in the financial sector. In his spare time he is an amateur military historian, and pursues his favourite hobby of military modelling.


Historical context
Naval operations
French forces in Southern Russia
Greek Expeditionary Corps
Denikin's Volunteer Army
Other Allied forces
Ukrainian pro-Bolshevik forces
Red Armies
German forces

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