Articles and Books

Various articles, books and materials I have written, translated or assembled over the years, arranged into sections that relate to the same period or place.

The newest material is on the top.

North-Western Theatre

A collection of books and other information, such as orders of battle and uniforms, that should aid those interested in gaming the North-Western Theatre, from Estonia to Petrograd, in 1919.

Campaigns and Horses

This is the memoirs of Sergei Mamontov, who fought with the Volunteer Army horse artillery through almost the entire war. This is my favourite book on the war, mixing personal experiences with discussions of horse artillery tactics from a man who served a gun first hand.

Eyewitnesses to the Pygmy Wars

Short accounts of the various campaigns by people who were actually there.

The War in Russia and Siberia

Sections of Ludovic Grondijs's epic "La Guerre en Russie et en Siberie" in English and French pertaining to Siberia in the Russian Civil War. Not just an eye-witness, but one who spent a lot of time in the front lines. Includes sections with Kolchak's army and with the Japanese.

Crimea 1919

In 1919 the Crimea fell to the Reds, only to be reconquered by the Whites a few months later. The main course of events is given from the Red side, which can be difficult to find for a Soviet failure.

Warsaw 1920

Material relating to the Battle of Warsaw in August 1920.

It includes the bulk of Wladyslaw Sikorski's book, From the Vistula to Wkra, also published in French as "La Campagne Polono-Russe de 1920". Sikorski commanded the 5th Army operating north of Warsaw at the crucial time of the Battle of Warsaw, and is a interesting and often detailed account of the fighting there.

1918 Battles

A discussion on the nature of the early war, and articles on various battles and small campaigns from that period.

The Defence of Orenburg

An account of the successful defence of Orenburg by the Soviets in mid-1919.

The Semirechye in the RCW

Articles about the history of the Semirechye/Turkestan area, and the Semirechensk Cossack Host that fought local Reds for control of it.

Makhno and the Battle of Peregenovka

Various materials around Makhno, and in particular his greatest military success.

Drujina Thesis on North-West Army

An account of the fortunes of the White armies in the North-West of Russia, and their attacks on Petrograd.

The Ural Cossacks

The theatre of Chapaev and Frunze, rather neglected in most non-Russian histories of the war.

Polish-Soviet War of 1920

Some Polish studies of the Battle of Warsaw and the situation which led Pilsudski to offer battle there.

Bulak-Balakovich and the NDA

A look at one of the great adventurers of the Russian Civil War and his involvement in one of the least known campaigns.

Astrakhan' and the lower Volga in 1919

While the campaigns of Denikin in the Ukraine and Wrangel near Tsaritsyn were under way, there was also quite a lot of fighting around Astrakhan. This section links some information relating to that – although not in anything like a systematic manner.

Latvia 1919

A study of the Freikorps campaigns in the Baltic in 1919, with particular attention to the Battle of Cēsis.

Poland's Eastern Borders in 1919

An introduction to the campaigns Poland fought against Galician Ukraine and the Soviets in 1919.

Dobrynin on the Don Cossack Host

A translation of Colonel Dobrynin's book about the Don Cossacks' war with Soviet Russia.

The Battle of Komarów/Cześniki

The most famous action of the Soviet-Polish War of 1920 analysed in some detail.

Articles on cavalry in the Pygmy Wars

Some articles discussing cavalry in the Russian Civil War and Russo-Polish War. They include both technical discussions and examples of actual operations.