Churchills war

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  1. Lads any history buffs amongst you?
    I'm trying to establish what artillery units were around Archangel around 1918-1919,
    The long trail website don't seem to give much away about that particular scuffle so I'm hoping someone on here can give me a few pointers...cheers.
    trying to find out what granddad did up there to pass the time?
  2. "Churchill and the Archangel Fiasco"
    Churchill and the Archangel Fiasco Russia and the Allies, 1917-1920: Michael Kettle *Probate*, Michael Kettle: Books
    Some good stuff on Archangel here Image Verification Archangel being the allied foray in to Northern Russia following the october revolution.Or the north russia intervention.

    /Credits: Image Verification
    British Battle Honours

    The British awarded five battle honours to eleven infantry regiments for the actions in the north and east, but nothing in the south. In the north: "Murman 1918-19", "Archangel 1918-19", "Troitsa". In the east:
    "Dukhovskaya" and "Siberia 1918-19".

    Units Employed in Russia

    The following infantry battalions are known to have served in Russia:

    2/10th (Cyclist) Battalion, The Royal Scots (Territorial Force) as infantry - Archangel
    45th and 46th (Service) Battalions, The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) - Archangel
    17th (Service) Battalion (1st City), The King's (Liverpool) Regiment - Archangel
    6th (Service) Battalion Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment) - Archangel
    Unknown Battalion, The East Surrey Regiment - Murmansk
    11th (Service) Battalion (1st South Down), The Royal Sussex Regiment - Murmansk
    1/9th (Cyclist) Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment as infantry- Siberia
    Unknown Battalion, The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry -
    25th (Garrison) Battalion, The Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment) - Siberia [and other elements in Murmansk?]
    2/7th Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry (Territorial Infantry) - Archangel
    Unknown Battalion, The Highland Light Infantry - Murmansk and Archangel.

    A small detachment of the Tank Corps, some 49 other ranks plus officers, served in Russia between Apr and Dec 1919.

    The following Royal Artillery units served in Russia from 1918-20:

    (a) North Russia:

    6th Brigade, RFA (formed of 420th Battery and 434th Battery which served at Maselga and Medvejya Gora;
    435th (Howitzer) Battery which served in Retchenga and Maselga;
    1203rd Battery which served in Murmansk); and
    421 (Howitzer) Battery which was attached to the 6th Brigade, RFA and served in Archangel.

    (b) South Russia:

    1st Brigade, RFA which consisted on 11th Battery, 98th Battery and D (Howitzer) Battery and served from Batum to Tblisi.
    10th & 28th Brigade also served in South Russia but did not take part in any fighting.

    (c) Those are the only organised Royal Artillery units identified as serving in Russia, but individual members of the RFA and RGA also served in staff positions at headquarters and in training and advisory positions.

    Credits: Image Verification British Battle Honours /

    Apologies in advance for errors here, just to duck out the way of betters. Churchill (Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, PC, DL, FRS, Hon. RA) , First World War, supported the Dardanelles Campaign against the Turks. He had encouraged the development of such weapons as the tank, first made in Lincoln under "Water Carriers for Mesopotamia". I remember a daily walk past that old Tank factory site. Abortive expeditions to Antwerp and Gallipoli and the failed action at the Dardanelles did Churchill's reputation and career no favours. Reduced in 1915 to minor office as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, he resigned. Churchill rejoined the Army, and rose to the rank of colonel. The rest is history. Churchill is connected with the 4th Queens Own Hussars and QRIH of which he was Colonel in Chief , succeeded by Prince Philip.
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  3. Thanks for that tremaine it will give me a good start.