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Narrative of events relating to the Siberian expedition by Lt.-Col. John Ward. Ward, a prominent Trade Unionist, served as a Member of Parliament before the war in the Liberal-Labour interest. He was instrumental in the recruitment of five labour battalions for the Middlesex Regiment in 1914, one of which, the 25th Bn. (nicknamed the ‘Navvies’ or ‘Diehards’) he later commanded on active service in support of the White Russian forces. His war experiences, particularly of Bolshevik atrocities, lead him to distance himself from the Labour Movement.

CONTENTS
CHAPTER 1. — FROM HONG-KONG TO SIBERIA
CHAPTER 2. — BOLSHEVIK SUCCESSES
CHAPTER 3. — JAPAN INTERVENES
CHAPTER 4. — THE BATTLE OF DUKOVESKOIE AND KRAEVESK
CHAPTER 5. — JAPANESE METHODS AND ALLIED FAR-EASTERN POLICY
CHAPTER 6. — ADMINISTRATION
CHAPTER 7. — FURTHER INCIDENTS OF OUR JOURNEY
CHAPTER 8. — BEYOND THE BAIKAL
CHAPTER 9. — OMSK
CHAPTER 10. — ALONG THE URALS
CHAPTER 11. — WHAT HAPPENED AT OMSK
CHAPTER 12. — THE CAPTURE OF PERM: THE CZECHS RETIRE FROM THE FIGHTING
CHAPTER 13. — THE DECEMBER ROYALIST AND BOLSHEVIST CONSPIRACY
CHAPTER 14. — A BOMBSHELL FROM PARIS AND THE EFFECT
CHAPTER 15. — MORE INTRIGUES
CHAPTER 16. — RUSSIAN LABOUR
CHAPTER 17. — MY CAMPAIGN
CHAPTER 18. — OMSK RE-VISITED
CHAPTER 19. — IN EUROPEAN RUSSIA
CHAPTER 20. — MAKING AN ATAMAN
CHAPTER 21. — HOMEWARD BOUND
CHAPTER 22. — AMERICAN POLICY AND ITS RESULTS
CHAPTER 23. — JAPANESE POLICY AND ITS RESULTS
CHAPTER 24. — GENERAL CONCLUSIONS

London: Cassell, 1920.

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Richard Marshall is studying for a doctorate in the literature of ancient Rome at Wadham College, Oxford, and is a tutor for Ancient History at St Benet’s Hall. In addition to Classics, he has a long-standing interest in the tactics and material culture of the British Army, especially of the period spanned by the Cardwell Reforms and First World War. He has a large collection of original uniform and equipment items used for teaching and research purposes, and is currently exploring the evolution of British military clothing and accoutrements in response to changes in fashion and warfare for eventual publication. He previously worked as a cataloguer for the Oxford University Great War Archive.
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