With humour and an eye for irony, Michael Challinger tells the story of how this group of 150 Aussies was seconded to help to protect the British from a rearguard attack from northern Russia. Stationed in the small town of Arkhangel, the soldiers became embroiled in what was to become the Russian revolution, as they battled not only the Bolsheviks but also extreme cold, hostility from locals and a 25-kilometre frontline. Two of these Australians soldiers went on to win Victoria Crosses and are perhaps our most neglected war heroes. Anzacs in Arkhangel brings Russian history into focus and reveals how easily the First World War could have been lost. It is a fascinating account of part of the Anzac legend that is not so much forgotten as never known.
About the Author
Michael Challinger is a lawyer and a Russian specialist, having studied the culture and language over half a lifetime. He has travelled and lived in Russia, Papua New Guinea and London, and his travel articles have been published in newspapers and magazines throughout Australia.
Published: 1st March 2013
Publisher: Hardie Grant Books
Dimensions (cm): 15.5 x 23.4 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.42