" There were several thousand foreign soldiers stationed near
Murmansk and Arkhangelsk in Northern Russia. When the Russian front
became superfluous, they simply left the scene of operations. Before this
happened, the Allies suggested that the White Russian troops, too, should
call off their military activities. When the Whites refused to do so, the
English dumped their equipment and ammunition in the sea.
Alexei von Lampe described the events outside Petrograd when the
British navy deserted General Nikolai Yudenich's White forces in 1919.
They were no longer given any support. Of course, there were Englishmen
who did not wish to side with the Bolsheviks. One of these was Crombie,
the British military attache in Petrograd. He was removed in an original
manner. The Red Guards simply forced their way into the British Embassy
on the 31st of August 1918 and murdered Crombie. No one there offered
Winston Churchill wrote a letter to the British Prime Minister, David
Lloyd George, on the 21st of February 1919. He had no objections to the
general standpoint that the Russians had to take care of themselves. David
Lloyd George officially explained the motive for not helping the White
Russians in the following way: "To send our soldiers to shoot Bolsheviks
would be the same as creating Bolshevism here at home." (Paul Johnson,
"Modern Times", Stockholm, 1987, p. 108.) He justified his co-operation
with the Bolsheviks in this way: "We have made deals with cannibals,
why not with the Bolsheviks?" Lloyd George was in favour of active
contributions to aid the Soviet government. A trade agreement between the
Soviet Union and Great Britain was signed on the 16th of March 1921 "