In November 1918, As World War One Was Coming To A Close And Soldiers Were Returning Home, A Small Group Of Australian Men Signed Up For Fighting Yet This Time, The Enemy Was Russian Bolsheviks Instead Of Germans, And The Frontline Was The Wild And Frozen Wastelands Of Far North Russia With Humor And An Eye For Irony, Michael Challinger Tells The Story Of How This Group Of 150 Aussies Was Seconded To Help Protect The British From A Rear Guard Attack From Northern Russia Stationed In The Small Town Of Arkhangel, The Soldiers Became Embroiled In What Was To Become The Russian Revolution, As They Battled Not Only The Bolsheviks But Also Extreme Cold, Hostility From Locals, And A 25 Kilometer Front Line Two Of These Australians Soldiers Went On To Win Victoria Crosses And Are Perhaps Our Most Neglected War Heroes ANZACs In Arkhangel Brings Russian History Into Focus And Reveals How Easily The First World War Could Have Been Lost It Is A Fascinating Account Of Part Of The ANZAC Legend That Is Not So Much Forgotten As Never Known. 4 5 At the end of the back cover blurb the comment is made that this book is bringing to light a part of the Anzac legend that is not so much forgotten as never before known Exactly how I would have put it My dad and I are 1st and 2nd World War enthusiasts when it comes to Australia s involvement His father fought in Papua New Guinea among other places with the 2 6 Field Ambulance and both of his grandfathers fought in Gallipoli and France during WWI
Interesting and easy to read for a very select group of readers other than specific Australians or North Russians The book holds no surprises and appears to be compiled in the main from diaries. A brilliant book, well researched and well presented Provides a good readable account of a little known event in Australian military history I just wish the author would use the correct acronym ANZAC rather than the badly used Anzacs This would be the same as writin
Great individual stories, bureaucratic absurdities, excellent descriptions of the land ice and it s people and of course Winston Churchill Worth reading.
- 304 pages
- ANZACs in Arkhangel
- Michael Challinger
- 02 January 2017 Michael Challinger