A Michigan Polar Bear Confronts the Bolsheviks
A War Memoir
Publication Date: September 2010
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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.
About the AuthorGodfrey 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.