Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

No joke, that: the Allied military campaign in North Russia, 1917-1920

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Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum


Public lecture by Chris Baker (Founder of the Great War Forum) on the genesis of the Allied intervention in Bolshevik Russia

Chris explains the genesis of the Allied intervention in Bolshevik Russia, before exploring the muddled and under-resourced military campaign that developed. The talk covers the military actions in the Murmansk and Archangel areas during 1918-20 and the final uneasy withdrawal from the Arctic. Including the 1st Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in the Russian Campaign.

About Chris Baker


A Chartered Manufacturing Engineer by profession, Chris is now a freelance military historian. He spends researching the lives of soldiers of the British Army for private clients and has now examined more than 8000 men. Chris has also worked on several TV projects such as “Who do you think you are”, was the main researcher for BBC’s “The Great War interviews” and “Britain’s boy soldiers” in 2014, and even appeared on ITV with Julian Fellowes in “Blenheim at War”. Chris is also the former Chairman of the Western Front Association, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for War Studies at the University of Birmingham. He is also the owner and author of the Long, Long Trail website attracts 4,000 visitors per day and founder of the associated Great War Forum website with more than 50,000 registered members. Chris has also written two books, The Battle for Flanders: German defeat on the Lys, 1918 and The Truce: The day the war stopped published by Pen & Sword and Amberley respectively.