I'm studying some various family notes (written by the English cousins of some aristocratic Russians), but this is something that I can't quite make out and hope that someone knows about this event. I'd like to learn about this event, if possible. The following is pieced together from some various notes and a short bit from Alexei Scherbatov's book.
All I know is that it happened in 1920. There were White Russian forces at Archangel, fighting with the British forces fighting in North Russia with General Miller. In February 1920, the British forces pulled out (considered a betrayal by the White Russians), taking the reserves and all protection from the small amount of White Russians remaining. A mentally-ill Bolshevik commander, Mikhail Tsiderbaum-Kedrov (only recently released from a mad house) ordered several hundred young officers and cadets of the remaining young White Russian officers to be put on a barge in the White Sea. The barge was then blown up. All the young men died.
This is a bit about this story as quoted from Alexei Scherbatov's book:
Бориса в 1918 году
пригласили в качестве переводчика для
работы с англичанами в Северную
армию генерала Миллера. Английская
интервенция в районе Архангельска
закончилась еще до разгрома этой
армии красными. Англичане, мало
заинтересованные в помощи России,
фактически предали белых соратников:
бежали в 1920 году, успев вывезти
огромные запасы леса. Борис остался с
сослуживцами и попал в число нескольких сот молодых офицеров и юнкеров,
которых чекист Михаил Цидербаум-Кедров, психически больной человек, недавно выпущенный из сумасшедшего дома, распорядился посадить на баржу
и взорвал ее в Белом море. Все, конечно, погибли.
Here it is run through GoogleTranslate. You can pretty much understand it, though.
Boris in 1918
invited as a translator for
work with the British in the North
army of general miller. English
intervention in the area of Arkhangelsk
ended before the defeat of this
army red. The English are few
interested in helping Russia,
actually betrayed white allies:
fled in 1920, having time to take out
huge reserves of forest. Boris stayed with
colleagues and got in the number of several hundred young officers and junkers,
whom the security officer Mikhail Tsiderbaum-Kedrov, a mentally ill person, recently released from an insane asylum, ordered to put him on
and blew it in the White Sea. All, of course, died.
Can anyone help me fill out this story, date, verify names, etc.? I'm trying to study one of the young men, and would really like to be able to fill out the story. It seems a bit of lost history, at the moment. He had flawless English, and had been working as translator for a British general.
Thank you so much!