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Eye-witness Accounts


One can certainly criticise the following accounts for their partiality, but still, they were there and we were not.

 

Memoirs of Alexander Albov

Dictated in old age by a former member of the Volunteer Army, who served on an armoured train and as an infantryman.

RCW section of Recollections of Pre-revolutionary Russia, the Russian Revolution and Civil War, the Balkans in the 1930’s and service in the Vlasov Army in World War Two    in pdf  (will open in a new window)

The full document can be found (as a very large .pdf file) at the Internet Archive.
 

Memoirs of Ivan Stenbock-Fermor

Dictated in old age by a former member of the Imperial Army and then the White forces in South Russia, it includes quite a long piece on his time in the Volunteer Army. He served in the regular cavalry.

RCW section of Memoirs of Life in Old Russia, World War I, Revolution, and in Emigration    in pdf  (will open in a new window)

The full document can be found (as a very large .pdf file) at the Internet Archive.
 

Arms of Valor

The memoirs of a Ukrainian nationalist officer Pavlo Shandruk, can be found here (note: this is an external link and will open in a new window). It would pay to be a bit familiar with the events in the Ukraine before you read this, as it is otherwise a confusing blur of names, places and events.
   

British Documents on Foreign Policy

The following are various reports on the military situation in Poland from 1920 made by British diplomats or officers. They relate to:
1 - Operations against Grodno, September 1920
2 - Operations around Lida, September 1920
3 - A report on Bolshevik Prisoners 
4 - "War as waged in Poland"
5 - Excerpts from a report on the state of Poland for the middle of 1920 
6 - Excerpts from a report on the state of Poland for the end of 1920

BDFP reports on Poland
 

Artillery on the Polish-Bolshevik Front, 1919-1920

An account by a US officer of his time during the Polish-Soviet war. Includes both technical artillery details and general observations about the war. 

Published in the July and September issues of the Field Artillery Journal for 1923. They are 12 and 14 MB pdf files.

The main text   in pdf  (will open in a new window)
The attached photos   in pdf  (will open in a new window)
 

The Anti-Bolshevik movement in South Russia

This article was written by Lieutenant J. N. Kennedy, a British army officer, and originally appeared in the Journal of the Royal United Services Institute.

Much of it is quite commonplace: I have included it only for the personal accounts of the front line.

Kennedy Article   in pdf  (will open in a new window)
Map A,   Map B,   Map C


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