Gone to Russia to Fight - The RAF in South Russia 1918-1920, by John T. Smith

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Gone to Russia to Fight - The RAF in South Russia 1918-1920, by John T. Smith
Gone to Russia to Fight - The RAF in South Russia 1918-1920, by John T. Smith

Published by Amberley in 2010, 221 pages. Paperback (N4353)

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From the rear side cover: The Russian civil war was one of the major events of the last century, and led  to the establishment of the Soviet Union. After the First World War the British  Government, with the full backing of Secretary of State for War Winston  Churchill, sent British forces to help the White Russian armies end the  Bolshevik Revolution. Between 1918 and 1920 the RAF sent 221, 266 and 47 Squadron to  fight alongside General Denekin in South Russia.

The RAF launched attacks on Red  Army troops, ships and aircraft, and dropped bombs on Grozney, Astrokhan and  Tsaritsin (Stalingrad), which was captured by British tanks 23 years before  Hitler's army was destroyed there. Many of the RAF men were experienced and  battle-hardened pilots, having fought on the Western Front against the German  Air Force; the Red Air Force soon learned the quality of their opponents. With  the overall collapse of the White Forces in South Russia, the British were  forced to make an honourable withdrawal in 1920. The contribution made by the  RAF aircrews to the White Russian cause was nonetheless great, and out of all  proportion to their numbers.

This is the first book focusing on the 1918-1920  RAF campaign in South Russia ever to be published, and presents a fascinating  insight into an almost unknown period in RAF history.

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