White Terror: Cossack Warlords of the Trans-Siberian by Jamie BisherWhite Terror: Cossack Warlords of the Trans-Siberian by Jamie Bisher

White Terror: Cossack Warlords of the Trans-Siberian

byJamie BisherEditorJamie Bisher

Paperback | December 21, 2009

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This is the gripping story of a forgotten Russia in turmoil, when the line between government and organized crime blurred into a chaotic continuum of kleptocracy, vengeance and sadism.

It tells the tale of how, in the last days of 1917, a fugitive Cossack captain brashly led seven cohorts into a mutinous garrison at Manchuli, a squalid bordertown on Russia's frontier with Manchuria. The garrison had gone Red, revolted against its officers, and become a dangerous, ill-disciplined mob.

Nevertheless, Cossack Captain Grigori Semionov cleverly harangued the garrison into laying down its arms and boarding a train that carried it back into the Bolsheviks' tenuous territory. Through such bold action, Semionov and a handful of young Cossack brethren established themselves as the warlords of Eastern Siberia and Russia's Pacific maritime provinces during the next bloody year. Like inland pirates, they menaced the Trans-Siberian Railroad with fleets of armoured trains, Cossack cavalry, mercenaries and pressgang cannon fodder. They undermined Admiral Kolchak's White armies, ruthlessly liquidated all Reds, terrorized the population, sold out to the Japanese, and antagonized the American Expeditionary Force and Czech Legion in a frenzied orchestration of the Russian Empire's gotterdammerung. Historians have long recognized that Ataman Semionov and Company were a nasty lot. This book details precisely how nasty they were.


Jamie Bisherhas two decades of experience in technical writing, editing, research and analysis for U.S. defense programs such as the TACAMO EC-130 strategic communications aircraft, Navy satellite communications, Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare, and Standard Missile, as well as various foreign military projects. At present he is a Seni...
Title:White Terror: Cossack Warlords of the Trans-SiberianFormat:PaperbackDimensions:492 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.2 inPublished:December 21, 2009Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415571340

ISBN - 13:9780415571340


Table of Contents

1. Revolution, Red Terror and Counter-Revolution, July 1917-October 1918  2. The White Terror Begins, October 1918-December 1918  3. Rodomontade and Girls with Diamonds, January 1919-April 1919  4. Terror on the Magistral, May 1919-September 1919  5. The Collapse Begins, Summer 1919-December 1919  6. Mayhem and Red 'Liberation', January 1920-December 1945