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The Russian Civil War 1917-1922

From 1917-1922 an incredible bloodletting took place as the former Tsarist Imperial Russian Empire broke apart and the new countries of Poland, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and the USSR were left to rise from its ashes. Reds vs Whites with Cossacks, mercenaries, anarchist peasant armies, Tsarist remnants and foreign interventionists thrown in and mixed together formed one of the strangest and most interesting periods in modern military history.

Formation of the Red Army Cavalry

The 1st Cavalry Army of General Budyonny was formed in 1918 to give the Red Army a mobile striking force and rapid reaction...

The Southern White Army 1917-1920

Under the protection of the Cossacks and aided by a corps of Interventionists, the AFSR White Army of the South fought for three bloody...

Czech Volunteers in Russia WWI

The Czech Legion started from humble beginnings in 1914 and ended up as one of the last reliable units on the World War One...

The White Russian Armies 1917-1923

The Russian Civil War pitted communist Red armies against counter-revolutionary White armies in a six year long armed struggle. This is a look...

The Red Army 1917-1923

Formed from mutinous soldiers, armed factory workers and peasant conscripts, the Red Army prevailed through force of arms in the six-year-long Russian Civil War. When...

The Imperial Russian army of 1914

With 14 million peasant drafts lead by an officer corps one percent of that size, the Russian army was short of every single...

The End of the Green Army 1920-21

Nestor Makhno, leader of the largest peasant army in modern times, cast his lot with the Bolsheviks and only narrowly lived to regret it. The...

20th Century Genghis Khan

The crazy life of white russian Major General Baron Ungern von Sternberg, psychopathic warlord of Mongolia and Military Buddhist. The Baron Roman Feodorovich (also referred...

Russian Imperial Guard 1905-1916

The Russian Imperial Guards formed in 1683 from 50 childhood playmates by Peter the Great had by 1905 swollen to a force of...

The Siberian White Army 1918-1923

The counter-revolutionary White forces in Siberia started much like those in the South had in 1917. As in the Ukraine and number of Cossack...