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William Sloane Coffin Jr.A Holy Impatience$
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Warren Goldstein

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300102215

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300102215.001.0001

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Russians White and Red

Russians White and Red

(p.42) Three Russians White and Red
William Sloane Coffin Jr.

Warren Goldstein

Yale University Press

This chapter states that Bill Coffin had a remarkable instinct for sensing opportunities. If there were a time to wait for people and forces to gather and rearrange themselves, he seems to have known when it was, and how to do so. With the war in Europe all but over in the spring of 1945, his training work in Compiegne had evaporated. Bored and restless, Coffin put in for a transfer to the South Pacific, where the war still raged. His friend Chingis Guirey had other ideas. Guirey, the son of a famous anti-Soviet Circassian military commander, had met Coffin at Yale. The young men became good friends during the war, first at Camp Ritchie and then at Fort Benning, where they underwent officers' training together. Later based in military intelligence at Le Vesinet, Guirey had been serving as a Russian interpreter for the American forces when they first met the Russian army in April.

Keywords:   training work, Compiegne, Chingis Guirey, Circassian military commander, Camp Ritchie, Fort Benning

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