Join us for an evening with Senior British Commander Veteran Rupert Wieloch, as he discusses his new book Churchill’s Abandoned Prisoners, in which he tells the previously suppressed story of fifteen British prisoners captured during the Russian civil war. The Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 seriously compromised the Allied war effort. That threat rather than an ideological wish to defeat the Bolsheviks was the driving force behind the formation of an Allied force designed to support the anti-Bolsheviks (the “White Russians”). Unfortunately, numbers were sufficient to maintain a show of interest in Russia’s fate, but not enough to give the “Whites” a real chance of victory.
The spectre of armed conflict between Russia and the West has dramatically increased with points of tension stretching from the Arctic to Aleppo, while cyber warfare and election interference further increase pressure. As a new Cold War hots up it is ever-more important to understand the origins of the modern relationship between Russia and the West. The events described in this book are not only a stirring tale of courage and adventure but also only lift the lid on an episode that did much to sow distrust and precipitate events in World War Two and today.