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Kolchak, Aleksandr Vasiliyevich
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Kolchak, Aleksandr Vasiliyevich

(November 16, 1874, Saint Petersburg – February 7, 1920, Irkutsk), Russian admiral. Kolchak, a Russian naval officer, took part in polar expeditions in 1900–1903 and 1908–1911 and acquired a reputation as a hydrologist. He commanded a minelayer in the Russo-Japanese War, and was captured. After the beginning of the First World War in 1914, he also initially led mine-laying operations in the Baltic. Kolchak was then appointed in July 1916 to the command of the Black S…

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Brand, Bettina, “Kolchak, Aleksandr Vasiliyevich”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 28 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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