Camping of the Expeditionary Army in Siberia


This lithograph of a scene from the Russian Civil War shows an encampment of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) in Siberia. The location is unspecified, but it likely was outside Khabarovsk, which Allied forces captured from the Bolsheviks on September 5, 1918. The city then became a staging ground for further excursions into Siberia — both westward towards Blagoveshchensk and northward to Nikolaevsk. Between August 1918 and October 1922, the Imperial Japanese Army participated in the “Siberian Intervention,” an attempt by the Allied powers of World War I to support White Russian forces against the Bolsheviks in the Russian Civil War (1917–22). Soldiers from nine countries participated in the intervention, which began in August 1918. While the United States and the United Kingdom withdrew their forces in 1920, the Japanese army remained in the Russian Far East and Siberia for another two years. More than 70,000 Japanese troops participated in the fighting. To support the action of the Japanese military, in 1919 Tokyo-based publisher Shōbidō Co. Ltd. produced a series of patriotic lithographic prints depicting various scenes from the campaign entitled “The Illustration of the Siberian War.”

Last updated: November 14, 2017