For 100 years little attention has been paid to the Russian army that fought the Germans and the Austro-Hungarians in the First World War. Yet the Tsar’s army played a critical part in the global conflict, and was engaged in a sequence of shattering campaigns waged on a massive scale on several fronts across eastern Europe.
Nik Cornish, in this heavily illustrated account, seeks to set the record straight. In almost 200 archive photographs he gives a graphic impression of the Russian army of the day, of the soldiers and commanders, and of the conditions in which they fought. He describes the key stages in the struggle – the battles of Tannenberg and the Masurian Lakes, the Przemysl siege, the Gorlice-Tarnow and Brusilov offensives and the Romanian and Turkish campaigns.
His book is a fascinating photographic record of the army first under Tsar Nicholas II, then after the February 1917 revolution under the Provisional Government, and finally under Bolshevik rule. The impact of the Russian revolution is also revealed in the photographs which take the story through from the initial outbreaks of discontent and the abdication of the Tsar to Lenin’s takeover and the end of Russia’s war – and of the imperial army – in 1917.
IMAGES OF WAR: THE RUSSIAN ARMY IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR
Too often neglected, this is the story of the Russian army’s part in the First World War in the fine Images of War series. Almost 200 photographs chart the course of the conflict on the Eastern Front, from the great battles of 1914, through the chaos of the 1917 revolution, the collapse of Tsarist rule, and the Bolshevik take-over which precipitated a humiliating peace with Germany.