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Why did the Japanese withdraw from Siberia in 1922?

Yes, strong diplomatic and domestic opposition was the reason the intervention was abandoned. The Siberian Intervention was not a profitable venture; it is remote, with a hostile populace, neighbours ...
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Why would a rifleman have his bayonet fixed to the rifle in a non-combat situation?

Doctrine, regulation, and technical necessity. We observe that the Russians were the last to issue M1891 Mosin-Nagant rifles with a socket bayonet, when all other militaries had already switched to ...
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Why didn't Lenin improve life in Russian villiages before his death?

Lenin, and all the Bolsheviks, believed that the USSR needed to industrialise very rapidly, so that it could defend itself effectively against foreign attacks. The Russian Empire had performed poorly ...
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Did the Czech Legion bring POWs to Czechoslovakia? And if so, why?

Yes, Czechoslovak Legion did bring POWs during the evacuation. Details are available on the Czech Wikipedia page about the Czechoslovak Legion. Look at the section "Evakuace" and use Google Translate....
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How many troops would the White Armies have had at their peak during the Russian Civil War?

The White Army was never a unified force but rather a number of armies of varying sizes which rarely co-ordinated their efforts. David Bullock, in The Russian Civil War 1918-22 states Overall, the ...
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What impact did Trotsky's armoured train have on the Russian civil war?

Trotsky's "giant armoured personal train" was officially the 'train of the Predrevoyensoviet’ - the train of the Chairman of the Revolutionary Military Council. During the period of the civil war from ...
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Why would a rifleman have his bayonet fixed to the rifle in a non-combat situation?

Due to barrel harmonics, attaching a bayonet can significantly affect the point of aim. A service rifle needs to be sighted in with or without the bayonet. The Russian's zeroed the Mosin Nagant with ...
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Where did British troops fight during the allied intervention in the Russian Civil War?

There's an English-language subtlety here. In English "troops" specifically means land forces, and excludes naval forces. There was a British naval force in the Baltic supporting the Whites in parts ...
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Where did British troops fight during the allied intervention in the Russian Civil War?

The British did fight in North Russia, for example; Topso; Tulgas; Emtsa and Bolshie-Ozerki. There are memorials,two at Archangel and one at Murmansk that commemorates British soldiers killed in North ...
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Where did British troops fight during the allied intervention in the Russian Civil War?

The British troops did not really fight. The British landed in Murmansk with the explicit purpose to prevent the transfer of the allies military supplies previously provided to Russia from being ...
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Why did the Japanese withdraw from Siberia in 1922?

WP: Siberian Intervention, emphasis mine: The Japanese army provided military support to the Japanese-backed Provisional Priamur Government based in Vladivostok against the Moscow-backed Far ...
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Were the "Petlurovites" who took Kiev in 1918 commanded by a communist?

Russian Civil War, especially in its early stages, was a time of constantly shifting loyalties and short-lived alliances dictated by short-term considerations. Thus, to correctly evaluate events, one ...
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How did Lenin secure his regime?

This is a good and easy question. Lenin won because he was a ruthless opportunist without a shred of consciousness. Ruthless Lenin did not hesitate to order mass executions and incarceration (in ...
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Did the Czech Legion bring POWs to Czechoslovakia? And if so, why?

Just to build on Lubos excellent answer. First of all, the Czech Legion consisted of Czechs who were fighting on the Allied side, under Russian command, in World War I. That was a bit unusual, because ...
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How was Germany involved in the Russian Civil War after the Paris Peace Conference?

Germany did not interfere in the Russian civil war after the Paris conference. Before the defeat, Germany helped Bolsheviks to seize power, and concluded the Brest treaty with them (separate peace). ...
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How was Germany involved in the Russian Civil War after the Paris Peace Conference?

The Russian civil war was 1917-1922. In 1922 Germany and Russia signed the Treaty of Rapallo. Also, Germany had facilitated the transit of Lenin from his exile in Switzerland to Russia. Keep in mind ...
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Where did British troops fight during the allied intervention in the Russian Civil War?

I would check the Wikipedia articles on Major Bruce Cameron and the Battle of Tsaritsyn. In June 1919 the above Scottish officer and a handful of other British troops had been sent to Denikin's White ...
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Why would a rifleman have his bayonet fixed to the rifle in a non-combat situation?

To be intimidating A fixed, unsheathed bayonet on a rifle screams out "Keep your distance" to people in the vicinity. A rifle without a bayonet may be dangerous (loaded), or not. However, with a ...
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Why would a rifleman have his bayonet fixed to the rifle in a non-combat situation?

Projection of war-fighter image According to Richard Holmes: The act of fixing bayonets has been held to be primarily connected to morale, the making of a clear signal to friend and foe of a ...
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What measures were taken by the Bolsheviks to consolidate their position?

The question is obviously out of a study book. And not a good one. After October revolution there were 3 parties at power: bolsheviks, left SRs and maximalists(a branch of anarchists). It was named ...
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How many tons of steel were produced in Russia during the Russian Civil War?

Yes. Russia was one of the top metallurgy powers, since Peter the Great who built a lot of industries at Urals. One can argue that Russia was good only in agriculture and metallurgy at the time.
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