Fighting the Bolsheviks in North Russia

Letter from Guy Warneford Nightingale (46th Royal Fusiliers) to his mother describing recent operations with the North Russian Expeditionary Force, 15 August 1919.

Guy Warneford Nightingale arrived in Archangel with the 46th Royal Fusiliers in early June 1919. They were among the last British troops to leave the North Russian port more than four months later. In this letter to his mother, Nightingale gives a spirited account of recent Allied successes in fighting the Bolsheviks on the River Dvina. He comments on the 'very mixed crowd' in action with him - a testimony to the multinational character of the anti-Bolshevik forces - and regrets the fact that fighting was taking place among women and children, 'as some must get killed'.
Catalogue reference: 30/71/4 (15 Aug 1919)

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