* During World War I, Anderson found himself in a horrific situation when he joined a 5,000-man American contingent sent to northern Russia to prevent materials from falling into Bolshevik hands. In this compelling memoir, he shares his harrowing experience and leaves readers to wonder when---or if---interference in the affairs of other nations is justified. 192 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.
When he was drafted for duty in the United States Army during World War I, Godfrey Anderson had no idea he was about to embark on a horrific adventure that would find him doing battle with Bolshevik revolutionaries in the frozen reaches of northern Russia. He became one of a 5,000-man American contingent assigned to join British troops in an effort to prevent Allied war materials from falling into Bolshevik hands. / Realizing that this compelling story was lost in the larger story of World War I, Anderson decided to offer this memoir so that succeeding generations would know and learn from his experience. And although he chooses not to pass judgment on the policy that sent him to Russia, his story still leaves readers to wonder when and if interference in the affairs of other nations is justified.
Godfrey J. Anderson was a Word War I veteran who served as a Polar Bear in the battle with the Bolsheviks.
Gordon Olson is Grand Rapids City Historian Emeritus and the author or editor of many local history books, including The Gift of All and Thin Ice.
In this first-rate first-person account of a Michigan farm boy’s adventure during World War I, expertly enriched and set in historical context by Gordon Olson, Godfrey Anderson gives a soldier’s-eye view of battling the elements and the Bolsheviks in the Russian Arctic. He clearly and honestly tells about the Americans’ first clash with the Red Army, an expedition that became a prelude to the Cold War.”
Frank N. Schubert
Historian (ret.), Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Godfrey Anderson, a Michigan farm boy who became a Polar Bear,” wrote a richly detailed and highly readable account of his World War I experiences in Russia. Thanks to Gordon Olson for making available a well-illustrated and thoughtfully edited version of this valuable primary source.”
Perry D. Jamieson
Senior Historian (ret.), U.S. Air Force
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