The Lenin Plot

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By Barnes Carr

With Russia wracked by civil war it quit the fight in WWI, leaving Germany free to transfer thousands of troops back to the Western Front for a last ditch attempt to defeat Britain and France before the Americans got involved. While it’s common knowledge that British troops were dispatched to Russia to fight Lenin’s communists, there was a lot more to it than that, as this book sets out. Although it frames the combined American, French and British involvement as an invasion, it’s really the effort of the various spy agencies and the determination to assassinate Lenin that’s the core theme.

Although it suffers from the occasional academic failing of posing questions and then having some other historian provide the answer it’s generally an entertaining and detailed look into the murky past and the inside of what went on as WWI entered its climax.

  • Amberley Books
  • ISBN 978-1-3981-0450-1
  • 392 pages. Hardback. £20

 

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