Reading this book illustrates just how little I know about the Russian Revolution, let alone the Civil War, so I won’t begin to con you with bouts of clever knowledge cribbed from the pages or sneaked from Wikiwotsit.

This is a wonderful book. The photographs are all stunning, offering masses of scope to re-enactors or model makers. The text is concise and easy to follow, but requires a deal of concentration making sense of the myriad of armed factions, fronts and going on. There is so much going on and I can see why my daughter has had to work so hard covering the subject for her A Level history.

The other books I’ve seen from this series of all been of a high standard, but concentrate on Nazi Germany, so it is good to see something completely different and I hope we see others with an equal dose of variety.

You might use this book as a stepping stone to more advanced understanding of the beginnings of the USSR or you might just enjoy looking at great photographs of such a range of people, events and nationalities. Whatever your reason, this book is on the button and well worth the money.

Mark Barnes.


World War to Civil War 1917-1921

By Nik Cornish

Published by Pen & Sword Military £14.99

ISBN: 978 1 84884 375 2

Mark Barnes

Mark Barnes is a longstanding friend of WHO, providing features, photography and reviews. He has contributed to The Times of London and other publications. He is the author of The Liberation of Europe (pub 2016) and If War Should Come due later in 2020.