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With The Armies of the Tsar/F. Farmborough
« on: January 15, 2005, 02:09:47 PM »
WITH THE ARMIES OF THE TSAR, a Nurse at the Russian Front 1914-18 by Florence Farmborough

On the jacket it reads:

"Florence Farmbourgh went to Russia in 1908, a 21-year-old Englishwoman engaged as a companion/governess to a family iin Kiev.  When the war broke out in 1914, she volunteered for Red Cross work, and after training at a hospital in Moscow, was sent to the Polish front with a Flying Column of Russian troops."

She kept a diary and took photographs which captured the war's "chaos", "devastion", etc. etc. etc. ....

It's her own personal story about real events and not something a author has created.

Oh,  almost forgot, the family she lived with in Moscow was Dr. Pavel Sergeyevich Usov, whom she called "a famous heart surgeon".

Her first entry in the book is Aug. 1914.

Has anyone else read this book?

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Re: With The Armies of the Tsar/F. Farmborough
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2005, 09:40:34 PM »
Hi Bear,

I read this book many years ago. Florence Farmborough went to Russia at the age of 21. Originally as a Governess to a family in Kiev in 1908, she moved on to Moscow two years later, teaching English to Dr Pavel Sergeyevich Usov's two daughters.

A few months after Germany declared war on Russia, she found herself serving as a Red Cross nurse for the Russians. She kept a diary of her experiences. That diary formed the basis of her published book Nurse at the Front - the title of my copy, which appeared in 1974, when she was a lively 90 year old! It begins in Moscow, 1914 and concludes with her escape via Vladivostok in 1918.

She became a Fellow of Royal Geographic Society and lectured in Spain. This time she faced the Spanish Civil War, returning to England in time for the Battle of Britain.

A book of interest to some ... but it is not a book I would recommend to those not interested in wartime extracts.




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