*All of George's actual journal entries are in Courier font in order to more easily distinguish between my words and the journal.
This blog is based on the words of George C. Voegeli, my great grandfather. I will be posting portions of his journals, including the entirety of a consolidated journal he put together based on his hand written journals and his memory. I will also supplement the journals with historical background and information. Unless otherwise noted the entries come straight from George's consolidated journal. I will incoporate supplemental material from his other, hand written journals. When I do so I will identify the source of the post. Also, any posts that deal specifically with historical events, places or people will be clearly marked and sources cited. There will also be, from time to time, original drawings from Matt Boyle.
George Voegeli was part of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) in Siberia from 1918-1920. Approximately 8,000 men were part of this force which inlcuded the Amry's 27th and 31st regiments. The AEF was sent to Siberia and Northern Russia in an attempt to maintain order after the Russian Civil War (Revolution) and to protect key military interests originally sent by the U.S. to support the previous Russian government's efforts in the Eastern front of WWI from the various local competing groups. The groups included the Cossacks, Bolsheviks, and Japanese. The AEF was also sent to rescue the Czech Legions who had been fighting against the Austrio-Hungarian forces. [wikipedia for more info] The political history of this area and time are incredibly complex and I am learning there implications more or less on the fly.
On Historical Accuracy
Many links to outside sources will be to Wikipedia pages. This is not intended as endorsement of the accuracy of Wikipedia. However, I have found that as far as historical information goes Wikipedia entries on broad topics tend to be supported by many sources and is probably generally accurate. In any case, this is not a History research paper. The historical inormation mentioned or linked to is simply intended to provide context and color to George's journals.
The content of the original consolidated journal is entirely intact. Some spelling errors have been fixed. Also, the occasional run on sentence has been changed to multiple sentences when necessary. Paragraph breaks and George's titles are also intact. The title of certain blog posts will not necessarily be his titles, but some will. While he did utilize titles and headings sometimes the length of certain of his entries will necessitate multiple blog posts here and therefore I will choose titles for these blog posts when needed.
Also, not all of the journal entries or events mentioned are dated. Therefore, many entries will not indicate nor contain a date. Where a date is referenced or can be inferred I will include it.