Collection ID: 4078130 BAR Ms Coll/Svechin

Collection context


Svi︠e︡chin, Mikhail, 1876-1969
16 items and 1 box
Russian .


Scope and Content:

Svechin's memoirs (3 volumes, dated Nice, 1956-1958) deal with his childhood and military education as well as with his military career from 1905 to 1920. He discusses his training at the Nikolaevskoe kavaleriĭskoe uchilishche and his service in the Russo-Japanese War, World War I and the 1917 Revolution. With regard to the Civil War, Svechin recounts White Army campaigns in the Don region and his association with Generals Krasnov, Wrangel and Hetman Skoropadskiĭ. Svechin also makes brief mention of his emigration to Europe. A number of photographs appear throughout the text. The collection also includes books on military science by Svechin's brother Aleksandr Andreevich who remained in the Soviet Union and actively participated in the formation of the Soviet Army. Also included is a subject file on the fate of A.A. Svechin in the purges of the 1930's.

Biographical / Historical:

Imperial and White Army officer. He was trained at the Nikolaevskoe.

kavaleriĭskoe uchilishche and served in the Russo-Japanese War, World War I, and the 1917 Revolution. He also fought with the Whites during the Civil War. He later emigrated to Europe.

Acquisition information:

Memoirs: Method of acquisition--Purchase; Date of acquisition--1957.

Memoirs: Method of acquisition--Purchase; Date of acquisition--1959.

Memoirs: Source of acquisition--M.A. Svechin. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1969.

Processing information:

Memoirs Accessioned 1957.

Memoirs Accessioned 1959.

Memoirs Accessioned 1969.

Memoirs Processed 11/--/81.


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