The Russian Civil War of 1918–20

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The Russian Civil War of 1918–20

Post by nevermore » Wed Jun 08, 2016 12:48 am

The Russian Civil War of 1918–20

28mm RCW game - From the collection of Mark Pemberton, first game we have played of this period, doing lots of playtesting on the rules which we bring out on a PDF for all to download free from the website soon.

The civil war between the Bolsheviks (Reds) and the anti-Bolsheviks (Whites) ravaged Russia until 1920. The Whites represented all shades of anti-Communist groups, including members of the constituent assembly. Several of their leaders favored setting up a military dictatorship, but few were outspoken czarists.

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Armed opposition to the Soviet regime centered at first in the south, where the volunteers under Kornilov (succeeded by Denikin) joined forces with the Don Cossacks. The Ukraine was the scene of fighting after the Germans evacuated it following the general armistice of Nov. 11, 1918; it was seized by the Bolsheviks (early 1919), by Denikin's forces (Aug.–Dec., 1919), again by the Bolsheviks (Dec., 1919), and finally by the Poles (May, 1920), with whom war had broken out over the Russo-Polish frontier question.

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Denikin in the meantime had turned over his command to General P. N. Wrangel, who after the conclusion of the Russo-Polish armistice was driven by the Bolsheviks into the Crimea and was obliged to evacuate his forces to Constantinople (Nov., 1920).

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The civil war in the east was equally fatal to the Whites. A government was organized at Samara by a group of Socialist Revolutionaries who had been members of the constituent assembly. It received the support of the Czech Legion, which controlled the Trans-Siberian RR, but it merged (Sept., 1918) with a more conservative government set up at Omsk, in Siberia, and a few weeks later fell under the dictatorship of Admiral Kolchak.

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Although at first successful, Kolchak's forces were eventually driven to the Russian Far East; by Jan., 1920, all Siberia except Vladivostok and some other Far Eastern territory was in Bolshevik hands.

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The civil war was complicated by Allied intervention. In N Russia, British, French, and American forces occupied (Mar., 1918) Murmansk and later Arkhangelsk with the stated purpose of protecting Allied stores against possible seizure by the Germans; they were evacuated only in Nov., 1919. In the Russian Far East the Allies occupied Vladivostok, which the Japanese held until 1922.

The Bolshevik military victory was due partly to the lack of cooperation among the various White commanders and partly to the remarkable reorganization of the Red forces after Trotsky became commissar for war. It was won, however, only at the price of immense sacrifice; Russia by 1920 was ruined and devastated. Atrocities were committed throughout the civil war by both sides.

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The Victorian Outpost is a new building created at the beginning of 2016, we can cater for almost any period and we now have the support of "Adrians Walls" and "Hovels Buildings" who have come on board.

Victorian Outpost has quickly become the number one wargaming place in Grimsby with its friendly welcome and fun place to visit, please pm myself to arrange a set time and date.


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Re: The Russian Civil War of 1918–20

Post by Captain Darling » Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:36 pm

Great post!

The RCW is under gamed, you've got some good looking figures and vehicles there.

I'll check out your period rules for this period when you upload them!

Interesting side note Australian WW I vets served around Archangel during the RCW as part of the British intervention. Corporal Arthur Sullivan even won a VC during his service there...
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Re: The Russian Civil War of 1918–20

Post by nevermore » Thu Jun 09, 2016 6:30 pm

I was amazed on just about who was posted in Russia during the war, was reading up about the British aircraft and the missions they did, i think its one of those wars you have to dig out information and stand back and think "No way, really" It was the first war a aircraft was shot down by a pilot with a pistol while flying around.

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