Russia's involvement in US Civil War

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The American Expeditionary Force Siberia (AEF Siberia) was a United States Army force that was involved in the Russian Civil War in Vladivostok, Russian Empire, during the end of World War I after the October Revolution, from 1918 to 1920. As a result of this expedition, which failed but became known to the Bolsheviks, early relations between the United States and the Soviet Union would be low.
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson's claimed objectives for sending troops to Siberia were as much diplomatic as they were military. One major reason was to rescue the 40,000 men of the Czechoslovak Legion, who were being held up by Bolshevik forces as they attempted to make their way along the Trans-Siberian Railroad to Vladivostok, and it was hoped, eventually to the Western Front. Another major reason was to protect the large quantities of military supplies and railroad rolling stock that the United States had sent to the Russian Far East in support of the prior Russian government's war efforts on the Eastern Front. Equally stressed by Wilson was the need to "steady any efforts at self-government or self defense in which the Russians themselves may be willing to accept assistance." At the time, Bolshevik forces controlled only small pockets in Siberia and President Wilson wanted to make sure that neither Cossack marauders nor the Japanese military would take advantage of the unstable political environment along the strategic railroad line and in the resource-rich Siberian regions that straddled it.[1]
Concurrently and for similar reasons, about 5,000 American soldiers were sent to Arkhangelsk (Archangel), Russia by Wilson as part of the separate Polar Bear Expedition.
More at the link:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Expeditionary_Force_Siberia
 
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The American Expeditionary Force Siberia (AEF Siberia) was a United States Army force that was involved in the Russian Civil War in Vladivostok, Russian Empire, during the end of World War I after the October Revolution, from 1918 to 1920. As a result of this expedition, which failed but became known to the Bolsheviks, early relations between the United States and the Soviet Union would be low.
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson's claimed objectives for sending troops to Siberia were as much diplomatic as they were military. One major reason was to rescue the 40,000 men of the Czechoslovak Legion, who were being held up by Bolshevik forces as they attempted to make their way along the Trans-Siberian Railroad to Vladivostok, and it was hoped, eventually to the Western Front. Another major reason was to protect the large quantities of military supplies and railroad rolling stock that the United States had sent to the Russian Far East in support of the prior Russian government's war efforts on the Eastern Front. Equally stressed by Wilson was the need to "steady any efforts at self-government or self defense in which the Russians themselves may be willing to accept assistance." At the time, Bolshevik forces controlled only small pockets in Siberia and President Wilson wanted to make sure that neither Cossack marauders nor the Japanese military would take advantage of the unstable political environment along the strategic railroad line and in the resource-rich Siberian regions that straddled it.[1]
Concurrently and for similar reasons, about 5,000 American soldiers were sent to Arkhangelsk (Archangel), Russia by Wilson as part of the separate Polar Bear Expedition.
More at the link:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Expeditionary_Force_Siberia
Indeed. The British also sent forces, I believe.

They didn't actually get involved in any real fighting though. Nothing big enough to really turn the tide for the Whites...
 
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Why would the UK have supported the Confederacy?
For awhile the Brits were smuggling firearms and other military supplies up through Mexico & Texas to the CSA. The capture of New Orleans, Vicksburg & Memphis pretty much gave the Union control of the Mississippi River and sealed off Texas from the rest of the CSA.
But Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was a good political move on Lincoln's part. How could the Brits, who had outlawed slavery years before, openly support the CSA after that? Lincoln successfuly made the war about freeing the slaves in the minds of many, framing public opinion for political reasons is nothing new.
My opinion of course, but many historian support that belief.
 
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Indeed. The British also sent forces, I believe.

They didn't actually get involved in any real fighting though. Nothing big enough to really turn the tide for the Whites...
Ever see this movie?

[video=youtube;wAWrXTn5Www]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAWrXTn5Www[/video]

Another great doomed love story like Casablanca
 
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For awhile the Brits were smuggling firearms and other military supplies up through Mexico & Texas to the CSA. The capture of New Orleans, Vicksburg & Memphis pretty much gave the Union control of the Mississippi River and sealed off Texas from the rest of the CSA.
But Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was a good political move on Lincoln's part. How could the Brits, who had outlawed slavery years before, openly support the CSA after that? Lincoln successfuly made the war about freeing the slaves in the minds of many, framing public opinion for political reasons is nothing new.
My opinion of course, but many historian support that belief.
Interesting perspective, just goes to demonstrate, that the war had different meanings to those who participated. Very few who actually faught, owned slaves, most were fighting for independence from unfair trade with the north.
 
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Interesting perspective, just goes to demonstrate, that the war had different meanings to those who participated. Very few who actually faught, owned slaves, most were fighting for independence from unfair trade with the north.
Tell you what, you guys keep using the specific term "unfair trade WITH the north." Give me a few of the most troublesome examples of exactly what you refer to.
And remember, these are reasons the south thought worth going to WAR over, killing hundreds of thousands people over.
So let's hear them.