Canadians in Russia, 1918-1919

Roy MacLaren, "Canadians in Russia, 1918-1919"
English | 1976 | ISBN: 0770513395 | PDF | pages: 331 | 41,7 mb

Published in 1976, this is the best written and most comprehensive of several studies which have retrieved from near oblivion the fact that Canadian troops participated in the Allied interventions of 1918-19 in Russia. Roy MacLaren, the author, was a Liberal cabinet minister and Canadian High Commissioner to Great Britain as well as a historuan. He was also the honorary colonel of the 7th Toronto Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery.

A sad fact in Canada is that most Canadians do not know the proud military history of their own country. It's more than likely than not even one Canadian in ten thousand knows that the Canadian Army fought in Russia from 1918 through to 1919. Canadian involvement in the armed Allied intervention into Bolshevik Russia at the end of the First World War formed both an epilogue to the war itself and an introduction to military problems in the new world to come. Unbeknownst to most Canadians, Canadian soldiers in the First World War actually saw action in Russia in 1918, and continued fighting into most of 1919. In fact, during the Siberian intervention portion of this campaign, the British Force commander was a Canadian, Brigadier-General James H. Elmsley. However, the choice of going to Russia was not one that Canadians made independently, but, rather, it was a decision made by the strategic leaders in Britain, France, the United States, and Japan. Canada had an operational voice, but had little strategic influence, until the very end.
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