In 1916, in an exchange of human flesh for war material, the Russian government sent to France two brigades to fight on the side of their French allies. By the end of World War I, these two brigades had experienced their own form of the Russian Revolution, had been isolated at a southern training post in a discipline move by the French government, had battled against each other in what was one of the first confrontations of the Russian Civil War, and had emerged from the conflict as a single force, the Russian Legion of Honor, which would remain loyal to France until the end of the war. The remarkable story of these Russian soldiers has been overlooked by historians until now. Jamie Cockfield here explores the journey and transformation of these men, and in so doing, he examines the impact of the revolution on the Russians who were caught in the middle of wartime alliances and nationalist ardor.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
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About the Author
Jamie H. Cockfield is Professor of Russian History at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.
Table of Contents
Preface * A Deal is Struck: December 1915 * A Debt is Paid: Winter-Spring, 1916 * Postal Sector 189: July 1916-March 1917 * The REF and the Nivelle Offensive: April 1917 * Revolution Delayed: The Russian Rebellion in France, April-June 1917 * A High War Of Hatred: The Encampment at La Courtine, June-August 1917 * The Battle of La Courtine: July-September 1917 * Quo Vadis? To Russia, to the Front, or Into Slavery: September, 1917-January 1918 * This Little Piece of Russia: Winter 1917-Spring 1918 * The Light in the Tunnel: 1918-1919 * The Last Mile Home: The Crucible of Civil War, 1918-1919 * Epilogue