Russian Anzacs in Australian History
Elena Govor has given voice to a part of Australian cultural history that until now has been silent. Extraordinarily, it was men born in the former Russian Empire that constituted the most numerous group in the First Australian Imperial Force, after those of Anglo or Celtic background—almost one thousand Russian Anzacs. This book is a history of Russian multiethnic communities in Australia, and passionately rediscovers ties, formerly severed, between the children and grandchildren of Russian Anzacs and their Russian past.
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PART ONE ORIGINS
Ethnic and other Russians Byelorussians
The battalion that might have been
Among the first Anzacs
PART THREE LIFE
Between the land and the sea
Making a go of it
Pressures to assimilate
A sense of belonging
1st AIF Alexander Mike archive arrived in Australia Australian army Australian Division Averkoff Baltic Barbara Basil Greshner Battalion became Blankenberg Bolshevik born Brisbane British brother Bullecourt Byelorussian camp casualties Chirvin comrades daughter Deonck discharge Dreger Eastern Slavs Egoroff Egypt England English enlisted Ernest Estonian ethnic Russians farm father Favst fight France friends Gallipoli George German Glowacki interview Ivanoff Jewish Jews John joined Justin Kalasnikoff killed Korotcoff labourer land later Latvian Leoshkevitch Lesnie letter lives Lopaten Margolin Markowicz married Melbourne Michael Military Medal months mother nationality naturalisation never Nicholas Ossetian Pankoff Peter Platkin police Polish Queensland records returned soldiers returned to Australia Russian Anzacs Russian army Russian Empire Russian subjects Russianised Russians in Australia seamen Seltin served ship Stepanoff story Sydney told took trenches Tupicoff Ukrainian Volkofsky Wagin Western Australia Western Front wife wrote young