A first rate account of how Allied forces were sent to Archangel in 1918, first to resist German attempts there, then to support White Russian troops against the Bolsheviks. The old supposition that this was a ""harmless little war"" is exploded when the reader learns nearly half the Allied troops died or were wounded, while literally thousands of Red Army troops fell in the same actions. General Sir Hugh Ironside emerges as the tough, intelligent Allied commander hamstrung by inept diplomats, lack of supplies, and constant shoddy political intrigue in Archangel itself. The average fighting man, the conditions under which he fought, and the major engagements , are all closely detailed. The book is stylistically interesting, readable, and well-documented. For the contemporary reader it throws new light on the beginnings of Soviet- American enmity over forty years ago.