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Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP05 Jul 2008 8:44 p.m. PST

I am getting ready to move so I can't get at my Marine Corps history books but does anyone know anything about the landings made by US Marines in the Advance along The Northern Dvina? I know there where more than just a few landings by ship detachments made up of Marines for russia and Siberia but I can't seem to find out which ships, who were the officers and how many Marines there were and what they did.

coryfromMissoula06 Jul 2008 8:02 a.m. PST

There was a force of 2 officers and 25 personnel from the USS Olympia that participated in many of the actions along the Dvina. The references I have don't say whether they were marines or naval personnel.

Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2008 8:07 a.m. PST

US Marines were part of the Advance along The Northern Dvina. Check this link.


And I have seen a few others that state the same thing just very lose information.

DocFirefly Inactive Member06 Jul 2008 7:00 p.m. PST

As I understand it (and I got this from a college professor about 14 years ago) there was an American Expeditionary force near Archangel. Most of the troops were recruited from Michigain and Minnasota (because they were acclimated to the cold).

CraigSpiel Inactive Member06 Jul 2008 8:07 p.m. PST

The Michigan contingent was the 339th US infty. Also known as the "Polar Bears". There is a cool monument to them in the Troy, MI. cemetery in the Detroit area.

brucka07 Jul 2008 8:37 p.m. PST

I had access to a diary of one of the Marine officers that was at Archangel – A Lt. Glen Weeks. Was at UW-Green Bay, in their archive section. He was with the above unit.

brucka07 Jul 2008 8:42 p.m. PST

Was going to write a book about this many moons ago- someone beat me to it. Some good books out there though with some pretty thorough breakdowns of units involved – quite a mix. Morale had to be atrocious as the Great War had ended and here they were in a god-forsaken area that was closed part of the year to the sea. The blockhouse living along the railroad south would have been truly frightening – wondering when you're going to be attacked, if you've been forgotten and left behind etc. Marines acquited themselves well.

brucka07 Jul 2008 8:43 p.m. PST

oops, the infantry too.

Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2008 3:30 a.m. PST

brucka would you have any book titles? And any that have actions about US Marines.

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