EXTRAORDINARY ORIGINAL PRINTED BROADSIDE FROM THE RUSSIAN CIVIL WAR
DENIKIN, Anton Ivanovich. Izvestiia “Osvaga” 108 (Materialy dlia informirovaniia pressy). No place, 1919. Broadside measuring 14 by 8-1/4 inches, printed on recto only. $1800.
Rare original printed broadside issued by the anti-Bolshevik General Anton Ivanovich Denikin. Of extreme rarity.
From 1918 to 1920, Denikin was the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of South Russia and was responsible for civil administration in the areas occupied by his armies. He led successful campaigns in the Caucasus and the Ukraine and came within 250 miles of Moscow before being repelled by the Bolshevik forces. Denikin himself is not thought to have favored a return to a monarchy but instead advocated a unified Russian state whose form would be determined at a Constituent Assembly following the “White” victory. This brought him into conflict with the nationalist independence movements in southern Russia, and he wasted resources fighting such movements in Azerbaijan and Georgia. In this broadside, General Denikin announces his intention to recognize Admiral Kolchak as the Supreme Ruler of the White armies. Admiral Kolchak commanded the White forces in eastern Russia. Although Denikin had achieved more spectacular military successes, he recognized the importance of uniting the White armies and voluntarily submitted himself to the authority of Kolchak, whom he had never met. Denikin ultimately became Supreme Ruler of the White armies following Kolchak’s capture and execution by the Bolsheviks in February 1920. Text in Russian. Dated June 1, 1919.
Slight chipping, not affecting text, two-inch split along fold. Very scarce.