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Author Topic: General Deniken's Rostov Army  (Read 13 times)

Paxbrit

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General Deniken's Rostov Army
« on: April 18, 2017, 05:41:33 PM »
A nice note from Yuri 111, he has several of the Russian Civil War notes from 1918-1922 era.  This is one of the notes produced for General Denikin's White Army in the south of Russia, around Rostov in the Ukraine.

Most of this 'White' notes feature artwork of the Archangel, and the Romanov two-headed eagle. 

Denikin's army was partly funded and armed by the British and French, and enjoyed several successes, but when the Allies left in 1919, Denikin made an alliance with Sobieski's Poland.  The two fought as allies in the Russo-Polish War of 1920, but only Poland enjoyed a successful outcome.  By the end of 1920 Denikin's army was defeated and Ukraine part of Bolshevik Russia.

For a good read on this era, get a copy of 'Last Train over Rostov Bridge', an enjoyable account of the only American pilot who flew for the White Army in the Ukraine.  The author, Capt. Marion Aten, lived in my home town at the time and was a local celebrity.  When his memoir was published in 1960, a copy found it's way into our family library, and I have it still.

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Re: General Deniken's Rostov Army
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2017, 10:42:13 PM »
Nice!  Thank you for posting that.  My background is from Poland, and unfortunately I do not know nearly as much history as I should, so I am happy to learn of this White Army.  Hurray allies of Poland  ;)  It is also a fantastic privilege to actually hear extraordinary stories of historic events from individuals who were there, and especially those who took part.  Personally, as I don't live in Poland, I've been ridiculously fortunate to call two elderly gentlemen friends:  one who flew with the RAF during WWII (squadron 303), and another who survived Auschwitz.  Both have been a fountain of knowledge and wisdom, among other things.