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New film and series about the 1920 Polish-soviet war

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    I don't know if this film and series has been mention yet but if not then here i am mentioning them .....

    First up is the new series called Wojna i Miłość 1920 (War and Love 1920). The first series has run on Polish tv already and should be on DVD at some point, maybe subs, not sure yet.....



    Next up is going to be this years biggest Polish war film from Jerzy Hoffman called Bitwa Warszawska 1920( The Warsaw Battle 1920). It should be sometime in September im hoping.


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    Thanks for posting

    Reminds me of a great book I read last year about little the known British RAF participation in Russia with White forces.

    Gone to Russia to Fight: The RAF in South Russia 1918-1920
    John T. Smith

    Publisher comments:

    '...The Russian civil war was one of the major events of the last century, leading to the establishment of the Soviet Union. After the First World War the British Government, with the full backing of Secretary of State for War Winston Churchill, sent British forces to help the White Russian armies end the Bolshevik Revolution. In 1918–1920 the RAF sent 221, 266 and 47 Squadron to fight alongside General Denekin in South Russia.

    The RAF launched attacks on Red Army troops, ships and aircraft, and dropped bombs on Grozney, Astrokhan and Tsaritsin (Stalingrad), which was captured by British tanks 23 years before Hitler’s army was destroyed there. Many of the RAF men were experienced and battle-hardened pilots, having fought on the Western Front against the German Air Force; the Red Air Force soon learned the quality of their opponents.

    With the overall collapse of the White Forces in South Russia, the British were forced to make an honourable withdrawal in 1920. The contribution made by the RAF aircrews to the White Russian cause was nonetheless great, and out of all proportion to their numbers.'
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    I suppose it was the royal family in Britain's attempt to try and be seen to help there Royal relative/cousin

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    The Allied intervention in Russia of 1918 - 1920 is a fascinating part of the White forces war against the Bolsheviks and involved a large number of Allied soldiers not just British forces:

    From Wiki:
    50,000 Czechoslovaks (along the Trans-Siberian railway)
    28,000 Japanese, later increased to 70,000 (in the Vladivostok region and north)
    24,000 Greeks (in the Crimea)
    40,000 British (in the Arkhangelsk and Vladivostok regions)
    13,000 Americans (in the Arkhangelsk and Vladivostok regions)
    12,000 French and French colonial (mostly in the Arkhangelsk and Odessa regions)
    12,000 Poles (mostly on Siberia)
    4,000 Canadians (in the Arkhangelsk and Vladivostok regions)
    4,000 Serbs (in the Arkhangelsk region)
    4,000 Romanians (in the Arkhangelsk region)
    2,500 Italians (in the Arkhangelsk region and Siberia)
    2,000 Chinese (in the Vladivostok region)
    150 Australians (mostly in the Arkhangelsk regions)

    Were there any Allied and Polish decorations specifically to commemorate this campaign outside of those for the Polish-Russia war of the same period?
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    My Russian Civil war is very limited to one film, and few units and a Osprey publishing book on the White Armies..... I was aware of the Polish and Czech forces in the conflict as they were quite active and also the French as was Generals overseeing how things were going to report back..... I think i have much of the information in unread books i havn't got round too yet..... Also to add in many photos that i have seen the Russian units seemed to be sporting a substantial amount of British Uniforms and equipment with own insignia attached.....

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    Red Army

    By early 1920, the Red Army had been very successful against the White armies. They defeated Denikin and signed peace treaties with Latvia and Estonia. The Polish front became their most important war theater and a plurality of Soviet resources and forces were diverted to it. In January 1920, the Red Army began concentrating a 700,000-strong force near the Berezina River and on Belarus.

    By the time Poles launched their Kiev offensive, the Red Southwestern Front had about 82,847 soldiers including 28,568 front-line troops. The Poles had some numerical superiority, estimated from 12,000 to 52,000 personnel. By the time of the Soviet counter-offensive in mid 1920 the situation had been reversed: the Soviets numbered about 790,000 – at least 50,000 more than the Poles; Tukhachevsky estimated that he had 160,000 "combat ready" soldiers; Piłsudski estimated his enemy's forces at 200,000–220,000.

    In the course of 1920, almost 800,000 Red Army personnel were sent to fight in the Polish war, of whom 402,000 went to the Western front and 355,000 to the armies of the South-West front in Galicia. Grigoriy Krivosheev gives similar numbers, with 382,000 personnel for the Western Front and 283,000 personnel for the Southwestern Front.

    Polish forces

    The Polish Army was made up of soldiers who had formerly served in the various partitioning empires, supported by some international volunteers, such as the Kościuszko Squadron. Boris Savinkov was at the head of an army of 20,000 to 30,000 largely Russian POWs, and was accompanied by Dmitry Merezhkovsky and Zinaida Gippius. The Polish forces grew from approximately 100,000 in 1918 to over 500,000 in early 1920. In August, 1920, the Polish army had reached a total strength of 737,767 people; half of that was on the frontline. Given Soviet losses, there was rough numerical parity between the two armies; and by the time of the battle of Warsaw Poles might have even had a slight advantage in numbers and logistics.

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    Wasn't it Makhno's Revolutionary Insurrectionary Army of Ukraine or the so-called anarchist Black Army that defeated Denikin's forces in October 1919?

    By 1920 Denikin had lost the support of the allies after an estimated 100,000 Jews were killed in various brutal pogroms perpetrated by his forces and other anti-bolshevik armies; Denikin resigned in April 1920 to be replaced by Wrangel.

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    Hello!

    I had some luck and with friends we could be russian army in Jerzy Hoffman Bitwa Warszawska 1920. Here are some photos

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