Red Sticks (Central Asia)

The Red Sticks were paramilitary organisation in Central Asia, formed by the Soviets to combat the basmachi rebels.

Red Sticks
TypeParamilitary organisation
PurposeTo combat the basmachi rebels
  • Central Asia

The historian Joshua Kunitz quotes a contemporary account[when?]: "There are, we are told, sixty thousand Red Sticks in Tadjikistan. Most of them have no firearms, but they carry heavy cudgels, knives, and other weapons when they go out into the hills in search of the Basmachi."[1]

References edit

  1. ^ Joshua Kunitz. Dawn Over Samarkand: The Rebirth of Central Asia. READ BOOKS, 2008. ISBN 1-4086-5816-X, 9781408658161. Pg 253