• "UNDOUBTEDLY ANXIOUS."
(Received April 7, 11.30 a.m.) (lteuter's Telegram.)
LONDON, April 3. Sir Ernest Shackleton has returned from Murmansjj to Archangel, where he was interviewed by Reuters correspondent. He. said the position of the Allied northern forces is undoubtedly anxious. The Bolsheviki are well equipped and organised, and ably led. They largely outnumbered the Allies, hence both the Murmansk and Archangel fronts were in danger. It was not merely a question of saving our own troops, for half a million people threw in their lot with us originally against the Germans and at present against the Bolsheviki. Consequently there was a moral obligation to take definite'action. An announcement there anent would be a spear-point thrust in the heart of Bolshevism, and an incentive to Russian mobilisation.
Sir E. Shackleton added that he was confident sufficient volunteers could be obtained to meet the situation. He urged that Britain had not yet realised what was at stake, if the peril were not grappled with. A three months' campaign by a volunteer army would break' the Bolshevik monster, which was becoming far worse than German militarism.
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SHACKLETON'S OPINION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9580, 7 April 1919
SHACKLETON'S OPINION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9580, 7 April 1919
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