The Resource The Polar Bear Expedition : the heroes of America's forgotten invasion of Russia, 1918-1919, James Carl Nelson

The Polar Bear Expedition : the heroes of America's forgotten invasion of Russia, 1918-1919, James Carl Nelson

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The Polar Bear Expedition : the heroes of America's forgotten invasion of Russia, 1918-1919
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The Polar Bear Expedition
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the heroes of America's forgotten invasion of Russia, 1918-1919
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James Carl Nelson
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  • America's forgotten invasion of Russia
  • Polar Bear expedition
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the heroes of Americas forgotten invasion of Russia
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eng
Summary
In the winter of 1919, 5,000 U.S. soldiers, nicknamed "The Polar Bears," found themselves hundreds of miles north of Moscow in desperate, bloody combat against the newly formed Soviet Union's Red Army. Temperatures plummeted to sixty below zero. Their guns and their flesh froze. The Bolsheviks, camouflaged in white, advanced in waves across the snow like ghosts. The Polar Bears, hailing largely from Michigan, heroically waged a courageous campaign in the brutal, frigid subarctic of northern Russia for almost a year. And yet they are all but unknown today. Indeed, during the Cold War, two U.S. presidents, Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon, would assert that the American and the Russian people had never directly fought each other. They were spectacularly wrong, and so too is the nation's collective memory. It began in August 1918, during the last months of the First World War: the U.S. Army's 339th Infantry Regiment crossed the Arctic Circle; instead of the Western Front, these troops were sailing en route to Archangel, Russia, on the White Sea, to intervene in the Russian Civil War. The American Expeditionary Force, North Russia, had been sent to fight the Soviet Red Army and aid anti-Bolshevik forces in hopes of reopening the Eastern Front against Germany. And yet even after the Great War officially ended in November 1918, American troops continued to battle the Red Army and another, equally formiddable enemy, "General Winter," which had destroyed Napoleon's Grand Armee a century earlier and would do the same to Hitler's once invincible Wehrmacht. More than two hundred Polar Bears perished before their withdrawal in July 1919. But their story does not end there. Ten years after they left, a contingent of veterans returned to Russia to recover the remains of more than a hundred of their fallen brothers and lay them to rest in Michigan, where a monument honoring their service still stands
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An unforgettable human drama deep with contemporary resonance, award-winning historian James Carl Nelson's The Polar Bear Expedition draws on an untapped trove of firsthand accounts to deliver a vivid, soldier's-eye view of an extraordinary lost chapter of American history—the Invasion of Russia one hundred years ago during the last days of the Great War
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10755166
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Nelson, James Carl
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947.084/1
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  • illustrations
  • maps
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index present
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non fiction
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  • United States
  • Polar Bear Expedition
  • Soldiers
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Regimental histories
  • Michigan
  • Soviet Union
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adult
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the heroes of America's forgotten invasion of Russia
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The Polar Bear Expedition : the heroes of America's forgotten invasion of Russia, 1918-1919, James Carl Nelson
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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24 cm.
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viii, 309 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
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9780062852779
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(hbk.)
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unmediated
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rdamedia.
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illustrations, maps
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regular print
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The Polar Bear Expedition : the heroes of America's forgotten invasion of Russia, 1918-1919, James Carl Nelson
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
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  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
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  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 309 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780062852779
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
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regular print

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