James Carl Nelson: The Polar Bear Expedition

Rs at the end of the book to be poignant for today s social and political milieuThey re not making Bolsheviks of any American prisoners They try to preach Bolshevism to us but it don t go They take men who ve got brains who ve accomplished something by ability and work and reduce them to the owest March Violets (Bernie Gunther, level Who s gonna stand for that They re a bunch of thieves and robbers Theeaders are preaching that everyone ought to have the same amount of money but every Zoete tranen leader has a pile of rubles stuck away that would knock your eye out All the honest ones want to get out of Russia as soon as possible They all want to go to America If America ever went Bolshevikike Moscow I d make myself a Water Music lone hand to stand against themIt is easy to mislead a country when its people do not know history and haveived Revived long amid ease and excess It s a good book for a person who is new to this part of WWI history Aot of stories of individual soldiers while at the same time giving a good overview of the situation in Russia in 1918 19 Histories of wars are bound by threads of injustice bureaucratic bungling collateral damage cowardice and hubris all of which Student Research Projects in Calculus led to meaningless death mostly of youth This episodic piece about aittle known WWI invasion of Russia from the north by the Allies unfortunately fits suarely into this horrible tradition It co ast October while on vacation we visited a Museum in Houghton MI there I found an exhibitionmost of the pictures in the book were in the displays on the Polar Bears most of whom were recruited in Northern MI Instead of going to the Western front these american Soldiers were sent to Archangel to support the BritishFrench troops to try to overthrow the Bolsheviks government A decent book on a not well known both President s Nixon and Reagan didn t know about them while making speeches American involvement I ve always wanted to know about this expedition of American troops fighting in Russia against the Bolsheviks AFTER World War One was over Wilson put our troops over there under British command and they spread them out It has eerie similarities to Vietnam Men always outnumbered in strange terrain without any coherent notion of why they were fighting uagmire This book was well researched and has a ot of interesting stories Lots of battle explanations so beware if you don t Love for Imperfect Things like that Good boo. Blinding ice and snow sentries suffered from frostbite while guarding against nearly invisible Bolos camouflaged by their white uniforms Before the Polar Bears' withdrawal in July 1919 than 200 perished from battle accidents and the Spanish fluBut the Polar Bears' story does not end there Ten yearsater a contingent of veterans returned to Russia to recover the remains of than 100 of their fallen comrades and ay them to rest in Michigan where a monument honoring their service still stands a massive marble polar bear guarding a cross that marks the grave of a fallen soldier The Polar Bear Expedition includes 25 black and white images throughout.

As someone who grew up in the Midwest US I first gained some awareness of the Polar Bear Expedition of 1918 19 in which a US Army regiment was sent to Northern Russia in the summer of 1918 ostensibly to guard stores of Allied military euipment at the port of Archangel but was ater used in battle against the Bolsheviks as part of a arger Allied ie British scheme to overthrow the Bolshevik government in Moscow and bring Russia back into World War I as a way to force Germany to recommit military forces there from a story I read in the ate 1970s in a Language and Linguistics local paper about an elderly gentleman in Detroit whom mention was made of as having served in Northern Russia with the US Army in 1919 I never forgot that newspaper story And so when I became aware of this book I was determined to read it And I m glad I did because Iearned so much For instance who knew that in addition to the US and Britain French Canadian and some Chinese military forces were involved in military actions against Bolshevik forces in Northern Russia in 1918 1919I highly recommend THE POLAR BEAR EXPEDITION The Heroes of America s Forgotten Invasion of Russia 1918 1919 for anyone interested in Divertimento learning about aong overlooked chapter of US history that can provide valuable Love Is a Fairy Tale lessons for policymakers academics US civilian and militaryeaders and the general public as to the need as stated by the White House to deploy military forces in any part of the world identified as vital to US security interests 25To be honest here I don t really remember reading this book I finished it a Promise at Dawn long time ago but remember these were right as the pandemic started so that s the reason I haven t updated my book status in a while It wasn t that fun that is all I remember about it I give it 5 Stars because it is meticulous in its research It is a detailed day to day chronicle of a small but sad event in American history Not necessarily a page turner but worth reading for if you have an interest inessons history gives us about foreign wars This is an odd footnote of the Great War There is a monument to these men a few miles from where I grew up I also have vague memories of my father telling me about the Polar Bears and their effort to keep Russia white After the fall of the Czarist Russia the US 339th Infantry Regiment was sent to Archangel a port 600 miles North of Mo. An extraordinary ost chapter in the history of World War I the story of America's year ong invasion of Russia in which a contingency of brave soldiers fought the Red Army and brutal conditions during the fall and winter of 1918 1919In August 1918 the 339th regiment of the US Army roughly 5000 soldiers most hailing from Michigan sailed for Europe to fight in World War I But instead of the Western Front these troops were headed to Archangel Russia a vital port city 1000 miles northeast of Moscow There in the frozen subarctic amid the chaos of the Russian Civil War one of the most extraordinary episodes of American history unfoldedThe American No.

Scow Their mission was to guard munitions stores so that they did not fall into the hands of the Germans These were men from Middle America and Detroit They were called the Polar Bears High command selected men from northern United State because they thought that they would be better suited to handle the cold Somehow these Americans found themselves under British Command and fighting the Bolsheviks The strange thing is after the armistice was signed they were not recalled from Russia Instead they continued to fight on The mission was not clear and blurred from the start Apparently the British and French thought that there James Carl Nelson exhaustively researched his book about a Bangkok Wakes to Rain little known invasion of Russia in theast months of WWI In 1919 5000 US soldiers The Right Sort of Man (Sparks Bainbridge Mystery largely from Michigan found themselves 500 miles north of Moscow in combat against the newly formed Soviet Union s Red Army Their enemies The Red Army bloody battle wounds with insufficient medical resources and sub arctic temperatures For a year most of these soldiers survived despite all odds against themAccounts from many of the survivors grace the back of the book Diaries and periodical articles outline survival stories battles imprisonment starvation and even a weddingWritten as a tribute to their heroism the author emphasizes not just their plight A decadeater a contingent of veterans ventured to find the remains of the 200 who had died Once returned to Michigan 50 of the recovered bodies were buried A massive marble statue guards their graves A polar bearBravery against all odds should be remembered and honored Thank you Mr NelsonMy thanks to William Morris an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers for the advance review copy This is an excellent book that gives a thorough feel for what it was Darkmere like for young American soldiers fighting the Bolsheviks in northern Russia in 1918 1919 They endured environmental hardships difficult to imagine suffered because of inadeuate clothing and food and fought under dubious British command and without a defined campaign goal In addition they continued faithfully for 8 months AFTER the Great War officially ended What they witnessed of an emerging communist ideology and theife of the peasants Et si la maladie n'tait pas un hasard ? living under Bolshevik rule would shape them for the rest of theirivesI found the comments of several returned prisone. Rth Russia Expeditionary Force self dubbed The Polar Bear Expedition was sent to fight the Red Army and aid anti Bolshevik forces in hopes of re opening the Eastern Front against Germany On the 100th anniversary of the campaign award winning historian James Carl Nelson recreates this harrowing dramatic military operation in which Americans and Bolsheviks fought a series of pitched battles throughout a punishing fall and winterAs the Great War officially ended in November 1918 American troops continued to battle the Red Army and an eually formidable enemy General Winter Subzero temperatures made machine guns and ight artillery inoperable In the.

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