After the Red Army recaptured Ufa on the River Kama, the fight moved to the passes over the Ural Mountains and a stalemate ensued. Trotsky intended to switch to the south, but was over-ruled by Lenin in Moscow.
Meanwhile, Emerson MacMillan arrived at Omsk six days before the Treaty of Versailles was signed and started work sorting out the chaos on the railway network.
He met the Cossack who took command of the train derailment at Vladivostok and discovered he was Lieutenant General Kortzov, the former Chief of Intelligence in the Caucasus, who had been educated by an English nanny as a child.
Emerson wrote in a letter home on Sunday 22 June 1919: “The General spoke in very complementary terms of the help Great Britain is giving Russia in her efforts to restore order… I feel sure that Winston should like to have him speak in the House in support of his Russian policy”.
The British Army’s Accommodation in Omsk in 1919