"Wrangel's strategic fantasy knew no bounds"

Journalist, participant in the White movement N. N. Chebyshev:

“Wrangel was one of those politicians for whom the struggle is a natural element. The more insurmountable the obstacle was, the more willing, more joyful he went on it. It was a combat delight, something that made him military from head to toe, to the smallest nerve in his little finger. "

Wrangel with white immigrants in Yugoslavia

Metropolitan Veniamin (I.A. Fedchenkov):

“He who has not seen him cannot imagine the exceptional power of the impression produced by his figure and inner spirit. Unusually tall and unusually thin, in a Kuban-Cossack Circassian, tied with a belt, with a hand resting on a dagger, in soft long boots, he immediately riveted on his attention Smart eyes, a calm open confident face (very shaved), naturalness of behavior complemented the kind and a strong impression. But the most important thing that was especially important to us later was his ability to encourage and cheer up his employees. More than once, in the face of failure, we lowered our heads. I remember that at the meeting of the Council of Ministers, in which I also took part on behalf of the Church, we were all somehow put down. But here comes Wrangell from the front and right to the same meeting. Instantly, everyone's spirit rises, we again begin to believe in success, we are already smiling: “Everything is going fine.”

Wrangel inspects the pilots

Member of the White Movement, cavalry general (1920) P.N. Shatilov:

“Wrangel’s rush, his perseverance in achieving the goal were felt everywhere. We did not have time to finish with one group of the enemy, received an order to move forward and proceed to the elimination of the next.

“I also collapsed, overwhelmed by fatigue and overworking [Tsaritsyn’s defense, the retreat of the All-Soviet Union armed forces]; the doctors prescribed me bed rest. Wrangel came to see me in the evening and, seeing my deplorable state, said: “My dear, you simply have no right to die! What am I going to do without you? ”Then he began to tell funny stories and made me laugh so much that I laughed heartily for a long time; and it worked best on my frustrated nerves. ”

Government of the South of Russia

“In the last years of his life, Wrangel’s character, his habits and attitudes towards people changed. He avoided large companies, preferring to spend time talking with loved ones; topics of conversation were invariably associated with his service. His life was now modest and deprived of the habitual luxury of him from childhood, which he did not regret at all. Sharp, sometimes ruthless judgments about people softened. A man of many-sided talents, he demanded from others only those qualities that were necessary for the performance of work, personal sympathies and character did not matter. In the last year of his life, he began to calmly relate to his enemies. Energetic and cheerful, as usual, he already lived, it seemed, in another world. ”

“When free time was falling out, he was talkative and tried to“ feel ”his companion during the conversation. The habit of constantly asking again created the impression that he had not heard; in this way, he forced the interlocutor to open up. He respected the opinions of others and did not persist if he was wrong. ”

Member of the White movement A. A.fon Lampe:

“It was a venture [a study crossing the Sal River], Wrangel was again in danger of falling into the hands of the Reds. Our small Ford, with no spare tires, moved slowly, and when the tires were pierced, rags and grass were wound around the rim.

Wrangel and his wife Olga

At any point of the extended front, we could meet a reconnaissance of the Reds, who would deal with us in no time. At Sal Wrangel inspected the destroyed bridge, he himself organized a working team of soldiers and prisoners of the Red Army and gave them the task, using his engineering experience. The question arose of whom to appoint the head of construction. Wrangel could not leave any of the two staff officers traveling with him, only a correspondent remained, he ordered him to head the construction of the bridge, once again demonstrating his determination and aptitude for improvisation, after which we drove on. ”

Newspaper "Sevastopol news"

“At critical moments of battles, he is constantly in motion. Everyone in the headquarters knew that his “strategic fantasy” knew no bounds, and when the staff dispositions did not comply with the directives, he exploded: “If you cannot do your job, please go to the front. I will find another staff officer, take it from the line unit! ”.

Newspaper "The Telegraph"

“Thanks to his personal charisma, nobleness of aspirations, impeccable reputation and endless energy, he deserved the admiration of the army and ordinary people from the Caspian Sea to Ukraine. He backed up his military successes with a democratic but firm civilian rule, in which he showed the same desire for reform and care for ordinary people. ”

In belgium

Equestrian artilleryman S.I. Mamontov:

“At first, the Cossacks were unhappy with the appointment of Wrangel. But soon their attitude towards him changed. Every day, Wrangell went round regiments and squadrons. The Cossacks only shook their heads: "Where have you seen it, so that the general, the commander of the division, himself performs reconnaissance."


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