"Russian Civil War of 1918"

Images from the Russian Civil War
Public DomainImages from the Russian Civil War
The civil war that followed the collapse of the Russian provisional government involved many parties and took place in a variety of lands. It lasted from 1917 to 1920 (roughly contemporaneous with the First World War in Europe), though the fiercest fighting took place in 1918-1920.

Soviets under the domination of the Bolshevik party took over in St. Petersburg. Their Red Army engaged a loose confederation of counter-revolutionary forces (some of whom remained loyal to the Tsar) known collectively as the White Army or White Russians.

Other opponents of the Bolsheviks included the Ukrainian nationalist Green Army, the Ukrainian anarchist Black Army, the Japanese, various warlords, and even Allied Forces that included Americans fighting in North Russia and Siberia.

Images in the photographs to the left, clockwise from top: Soldiers of the Don Army in 1919; a White Russian infantry division in March 1920; soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Army; Leon Trotsky in 1918; hanging of Bolsheviks by the Czechoslovak Corps.