Colonel John House, Wolfhounds and Polar Bears: The American Expeditionary Force in Siberia 1918-1920

Date(s) - 10/24/17
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pritzker Military Library

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Colonel John House, Wolfhounds and Polar Bears:  The American Expeditionary Force in Siberia 1918-1920

Pritzker Military Museum & Library

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 6:00pm

Col. John House, USA (Ret.) visits the Museum & Library to to discuss his book on the United States’ actions in Siberia during WWI. Sponsored by the United States World War One Centennial Commission.

In the final months of World War I, President Woodrow Wilson and many US allies decided to intervene in Siberia in order to protect Allied wartime and business interests, among them the Trans-Siberian Railroad, from the turmoil surrounding the Russian Revolution. American troops would remain until April 1920 with some of our allies keeping troops in Siberia even longer.

Few American citizens have any idea that the United States ever deployed soldiers to Siberia and that those soldiers eventually played a role in the Russian revolution while protecting the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Wolfhounds and Polar Bears in Siberia relies on the detailed reports of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) as well as on personal stories to bring this rarely discussed expedition to life.

Initial chapters recount the period in World War I when conditions in Russia pointed to the need for intervention as well as the varied reasons for that decision. A description of the military forces and the geographic difficulties faced by those forces operating in Siberia provide the baseline necessary to understand the AEF’s actions in Siberia. A short discussion of the Russian Railway Service Corps explains their essential and sometimes overlooked role in this story, and subsequent chapters provide a description of actual operations by the AEF.

Wolfhounds and Polar Bears in Siberia may well be the most detailed study of the military aspects of the American intervention in Siberia ever undertaken, offering a multitude of details not available in any other book-length history.
JOHN M. HOUSE  served in command and staff positions in the United States, Germany, South Korea, and Southwest Asia (Desert Shield and Desert Storm). House retired from the Army as a colonel in 2001 after twenty-six years in uniform. After retirement from the Army, he worked as a consultant and Army civilian employee and is now the president of John House, LLC. House is also a part-time faculty member at Walden University, Columbus State University, and Northcentral University, and the author of Why War? Why an Army?