11 February: ‘Dunsterforce’ arrives at Hamadan and proceeds to Bandar-e Anzali, arriving on the 17th. Maj-Gen Dunsterville was around halfway to his intended destination, Baku, on which German and Ottoman troops were slowly advancing, although hampered by the actions of the last vestiges of local and Russian resistance. He meets with the Russian General Nikolai Baratov, but finds that with the exception of his Cossacks he has lost control of his force and returns to Hamadan – escaping arrest by Bolshevik troops. To solidify his position, Dunsterville acts to relieve the famine and improve local infrastructure to calm a population influenced by agents of the Central Powers.

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