Stamp Information, Images, and Values
Civil War Issues
These subsections comprise various issues during the 1918-23 period by breakaway groups in the Civil War, Russian Post Offices abroad, etc.
The period from the October Revolution in 1917 until the emergence of the USSR in 1923 was marked by one of the most complex and devastating series of mini-civil wars and regional conflict in history. Various White Russian factions fought against the Bolsheviks, splinter groups such as the Don River Cossacks and adventurers such as the leader of the Western Army all attempted to set up their own regimes. Concurrently the Czech Legion roamed at will over much of Siberia, interventionists held much of the Far North, the Caucuses and the Far East, and various ethnic groups attempted to set up their own republics in the Ukraine and the Caucuses.
One unattributed source (handwritten notes in an old album!) claims that beside the Soviet government there were twenty one different stamp issuing authorities in the territory of the USSR during this complex time.
Just to show off, I can currently name at least 22 - Amur Province, Armenia, Army of the North, Army of the Northwest, Azerbaijan, Batum, Czech Legion, Far Eastern Republic, General Wrangel's Refugee Post, Georgia, Karelia, Kuban Territory, Priamur, Siberia, South Russia, Tannu Tuva, Transbaikal Province, Transcaucasian Republic, Ukraine, Western Army, Western Ukraine and White Russia - or even more, depending on what one counts and does not count as separate issuing authorities.
As I get information and images, I'll add sections for however many different issuing authorities as may be found.
Here is an interesting map showing the furtherest advances of the various breakaway armies during the civil war period.
This page last modified on October 12, 2013