When the United States invaded Russia
With all the fear and paranoia going around, you'd think that the American people are traumatized from some memory of Russian soldiers invading and ransacking America.
How else do you account for irrational headlines like these?
It's a weird reversal of reality. For example, we see headlines like Russia proved it is the greatest threat to our democracy , but the proven facts are that it is America that is a threat to Russian democracy.
The actual reality was contained in a 1959 speech by Nikita Khrushchev during his famous visit to the United States.
“Your armed intervention in Russia was the most unpleasant thing that ever occurred in the relations between our two countries, for we had never waged war against America until then; our troops have never set foot on American soil, while your troops have set foot on Soviet soil.”
August 16th will mark the 100th Anniversary of the failed U.S. military invasion of Russia.
I wonder if our politicians and news media will even mention it?
Our invasion of Russia began with troops landing in Vladivostok, alongside our always loyal allies - Imperial Japan. These troops were mostly veterans of slaughtering Filipino insurgents.
The primary aim was to protect the Trans-Siberian Railroad and to aid those Russian forces who were still interested in fighting the Germans. These troops stayed in Russia until 1920, but never actually fired a shot at the Red Army, since the Russian civil war was happening thousands of miles away.
Some 189 soldiers died from the cold or other causes, of the nearly 8,000 American soldiers in Siberia.
On August 2nd, British troops landed on the opposite side of Russia at Arkhangelsk (Archangel). These troops would be joined by roughly 5,000 American troops on September 4, 1918.
The mission at Archangel was clearly the overthrow of the new Bolshevik government.
War opened on two fronts, one along the Dvina river and another along the Vologda Railroad. Here, they engaged and pushed back the Bolshevik forces for the next six weeks during their autumn offensive. The fronts were becoming too long and far too difficult to supply.... It was hard for the Americans to keep their front line and enemy raids began to disrupt their supply routes more frequently.
Then the winter came. The Allies took on a more defensive attitude. They failed to mobilize the local population against the Bolsheviks, so it became harder and harder to see how the link up with the Czechoslovak Legion could be achieved.
Meanwhile, the Bolsheviks staged an offensive during the early winter months on the Dvina river front. They inflicted a severe blow to the Allied contingent, which caused the Allies to retreat and reorganize.
Morale at Archangel dropped through the floor, and the troops became mutinous. In mid-1919, after the Bolsheviks defied all predictions and began defeating it's countless internal and external enemies, America withdrew its troops.
There were 210 American casualties in the Archangel invasion, including at least 110 deaths from battle, about 30 missing in action, and 70 deaths from disease. It took more than a decade to repatriate the bodies of the U.S. soldiers.
“. . .there isn’t a nation on earth that would not resent foreigners sending troops into their country, for the purpose of putting this or that faction in charge. The result is not only an injury to the prestige of the foreigner intervening, but is a great handicap to the faction the foreigner is trying to assist.”
- General Graves, U.S. commander in Siberia in 1918
This history is well-known by Russians, but Americans are almost entirely oblivious of it.
For most of the 20th Century the people of Russia were traumatized by the memory of American soldiers invading their country, burning their homes, and killing their neighbors.
Instead we invent a reality in which we are the victims and Russia is an irrational threat, always on the verge of sending tanks down our streets.