Allied Intervention

The Russian Civil War: The White Phase

Russia 1918.0901

Allied Intervention

The Russian Civil War: The Bolsheviks against the White Movement (1 September 1918)

Historical Map of Russia & the former Soviet Union

In June, in response to German movements into Finland, the British had begun landing in northern Russia. After the Czechoslovak victories in Siberia, the Allies saw both an opportunity to bring Russia back into the war against Germany and an obligation to come to the support of the Czechoslovaks. In August, a joint Allied force set up a White provisional government in Vladivostok. This was followed by a British move into the Trans Caspian region and Japanese occupation of the Chinese Eastern Railway.

Main Events

Malleson mission

Some 500 British Indian troops under General Wilfrid Malleson from Mashhad, Persia, cross into Russia to support the Transcaspian Government in Ashkhabad against invading Bolsheviks.

Allies land at Archangel

Japan moves from Liaoyang to occupy Chinese Eastern Railway between Harbin and Manzhouli

First 3000 American troops arrive in Vladivostok

Czechoslovak columns join up at Chita after clearing the south Baikal tunnel

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