This account of the Russian Civil War, originally published in 1971, combines a vivid narrative of the military events with a biographical discussion of the White Generals, figures of the former Imperial Russian Army offices who led the separate campaigns against the Red Soviets - men such as Kornilov, Alekseev, Kolchak, Denikin, Wrangel, Yudenich and the Finnish Yudeniol Marshal Mannerheim. Despite their shared designation, the White Generals had no common programme. Their tragedy was that Lenin's dogmatism, intransigence and ruthlessness, all essential qualities in a country which had never known anything other than autocracy, were alien to their characters.
'The story is a colourful one and Dr. Luckett relates it well.' The Economist
'Richard Luckett's narrative is objective and thorough..keeping clearly in sight the overall progress of the war…excellent.' The Scotsman
'Enjoyable…Dr. Luckett shows a great gift for writing a military narrative.' The Spectator
Prologue: The First White General Part 1: 1917: The Origins of the Counter-Revolution 1. The Imperial Russian Army Before 1917 2. The Abdication 3. The Army and the Provisional Government 4. The Kornilov Movement 5. Headquarters to the Don Part 2: 1918: The Time of Troubles 6. The Campaign Through the Ice 7. General Mannerheim and the Finnish Victory 8. Cossacks, Germans, Czechs and Allies 9. Denikin and the Conquest of the Kuban 10. Northern Diversion 11. Supreme Ruler of All the Russias Part 3: 1919: Christmas in Moscow 7. View from the Centre 13. Spring 14. Summer 15. Autumn and Winter Part 4: 1920: Failure 16. Defeat 17. Wrangel and the Crimean Bastion 18. The Last Stand Epilogue: The Reckoning