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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
  • Historical Note
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content Note

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Gerua Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1906-1920
    Collection number: 25003
    Creator: Gerua, Boris Vladimirovich, 1876-1942
    Collection Size: 11 manuscript boxes. (4.4 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Correspondence, reports, communiques, and printed matter, relating to White Russian military activities in northern Russia during the Russian Revolution, and to White Russian liaison with the British War Office. Consists mainly of records of the White Russian special military mission to Great Britain from 1919 to 1920. Includes some papers of Boris V. Gerua, head of the mission.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language: Russian.

    Administrative Information


    Collection open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Gerua Collection, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Access Points

    Yudenich, Nikolay Nikolayevich, 1862-1933.
    Russia (Territory under White armies, 1918-1920) Armiia.
    Great Britain.
    Soviet Union.
    Russia (Federation)
    Soviet Union--History--Revolution, 1917-1921.
    Soviet Union--History--Allied intervention, 1918-1920.
    Russia. Armiia--Officers.

    Historical Note

    The Spetsial'naia Voennaia Missiia Shtaba Verhkovnago Glavnokomanduiushchago v Londone (Special Military Mission of the Staff of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief in London) was established in 1919 by Gen. Nikolai IUdenich under the direction Major-Gen. Boris Gerua (Heroys). The purpose of the mission was to obtain from the British government financial support,supplies, transportation and equipment for Russian troops joining the Army of the North-West. The mission was dissolved in 1920.

    Biographical Note

    1876 Born, St. Petersburg
    1904 Graduates Pazheskii Korpus and Nikolaevskaia Akademiia General'nago Shtaba
    1904-1905 Participates in the Russo-Japanese War
    1912 Appointed professor of tactics at the Nikolaevskaia Akademiia General'nago Shtaba
    1914 Fights on the Galician Front
    1915 Appointed commander of the Leib-gvardii Izmailovskii Polk
    1917 May Appointed Chief of Staff of the 11th Army
    1917 August Arrested on orders of Kerensky for participation in the Kornilov affair
    1918 Escapes to Finland and is sent to Great Britain by Gen. Nikolai IUdenich as head of the Spetsial'naia Voennaia Missiia Shtaba Verhkovnago Glavnokomanduiushchago v Londone
    1920 After the liquidation of the mission, continues to reside in Great Britain. Takes part in emigré organizations, publishes memoirs and other works, continues his artistic activities and interests
    1942 Dies, Coulton-St. Mary, Devon, England

    Scope and Content Note

    The collection includes an extensive correspondence between various White Russian offices and officials, especially related to military operations on the North-Western and Petrograd fronts. Copies of this correspondence sent to the mission are to be found in the OFFICE FILE series. It also includes numerous reports on the political situation in Europe especially as related to the White Russsian cause, found in the OFFICE and PRESS FILE series.