Mannerheim: President, Soldier, Spy pdf epub –

Baron Gustav Mannerheim was one of the greatest figures of the th century, and the only man to be decorated by both sides in both World Wars As a foreign officer in Russian service, he witnessed the coronation of the last Tsar, and was both reprimanded for foolhardiness and decorated for bravery in the Russo Japanese War He spent two years undercover in Asia as an agent in the Great Game, posing as a Swedish anthropologist He crossed China on horseback, stopping en route to teach the th Dalai Lama how to shoot a pistol, and spying on the Japanese navy on his way home He escaped the Bolsheviks by the skin of his teeth in , arriving in the newly independent Finland just in time to lead the anti Russian forces in the local revolt and civil war During Finland s darkest hour, he led the defence of his country against the impossible odds of the Winter War