I was reading a book about the early days of the FBI today and learned a pretty incredible thing, which was just a minor footnote to the book I was reading. But I was so floored by this detail in the book that I had to fact check it. And then I had to read more about it, just to make sure I wasn’t crazy. (Or that I hadn’t slept through history class.)
Anyway, did you all know that Americans actually fought and killed Russians in World War I? Like, we had troops IN their country? Like, quite a few troops in their country? (13,000.)
Yeah, I didn’t either.
If you have a couple of minutes, go check out this article: The Forgotten Story of the American Troops Who Got Caught Up in the Russian Civil War. Even after the armistice was signed ending World War I, the doughboys clashed with Russian forces 100 years ago.
Americans were outnumbered 8-to-1 in this fighting and lost some good men. Additionally, it was kind of a pre-cursor to the Vietnam War, as the article mentions, because none of the troops deployed there (or Amercians back home) really understood why we were there.
Go check it out, and as always: never forget all of those who served and sacrificed in far-off shores for our country.
Stan R. Mitchell
About me: My name is Stan R. Mitchell and I write fast-paced mysteries and thrillers. To date, I’ve written ten books and been really fortunate to have sold more than 70,000 books. If you’re one of those readers, thank you.
Some of my favorite authors and influences are Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn, Robert B. Parker, and Stephen Hunter. If you enjoy reading them, then more than likely you’ll enjoy my writing.
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