Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. THe West Russian Volunteer Army or Bermontians was a paramilitary army in the Baltic provinces of the former Russian Empire during the Russian Civil War of 1918-1920. THe Western Russian Volunteer Army, unlike the pro-Entente Volunteer Army was supported and in fact created by Germany. THe Compiègne Armistice, article 12, stipulated that German troops were to remain in the Baltic provinces to help fight Bolshevik advances and were to withdraw once the Allies determined the situation is under control. THe order to withdraw was given after the Treaty of Versailles was signed in June 1919. HOwever, only small portion of the Freikorps in the Baltic retired; the rest stayed under the leadership of General Rudiger von der Goltz. TO avoid casting blame on Germany and enfuriating the Allies, he withdrew into the background and merged his troops with the "Special Russian Corps", led by Cossack General Pavel Bermont-Avalov.