Soviet Counter-Offensives

The Russian Civil War: The White Phase

Russia 1919.0203

Soviet Counter-Offensives

The Russian Civil War: The Bolsheviks against the White Movement (3 February 1919)

Historical Map of Russia & the former Soviet Union

The end of the First World War had slowly led to the withdrawal of German troops. Finally free from pressure on their western front, the Soviets were able to launch counter-offensives. In the west, they began retaking the lands they had lost at the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk. In the east, they pushed into Central Asia in an attempt to reunite with their isolated comrades in Turkestan.

Main Events

Soviets take Vilnius from Lithuania

Denikin unites Volunteer Army with Don Army to form Armed Forces of Southern Russia

Ukraine at war with Soviet Russia

Soviets defeat Allies at Shenkursk

Soviet Russia takes Orenburg from Whites

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