Women in the Russian Civil

Steel Omsk 1919

For women, distinctions between non-combatant and combatant blurred during the Russian Civil War. The lucky ones lived far behind the lines in areas that were not exposed to the rapidly shifting fronts. Most were housewives, mothers, farm labourers, industrial workers, shopkeepers, telephone operators - in other words, ordinary people concerned with simply staying alive and finding enough food to eat at affordable prices. Some chose the path of easy virtue, or were forced down that road because...