NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
2nd August, 1918 : A British-led force of 1,500 men under Major-General Frederick Poole has landed at Archangel, the north Russian port, to set up a base in the war against Germany. The expedition, which sailed from Murmansk, took the town without any opposition. The landing has been long expected and coincided with a coup against the local Bolshevik Soviet. The Allied action appears to be designed to keep Archangel out of German hands and to link up with the Czechs and Whites advancing from Siberia to form a new Eastern Front.