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Mannerheim as Secret Agent

Mannerheim as Secret Agent

In the spring of 1906, Gustaf Mannerheim, a colonel in the Russian Imperial Army who had recently return from war in Manchuria, was summoned to the General Staff Building in St. Petersburg. Inside to greet him was General Fyodor Palitsyn, Chief of the General Staff, who asked if he’d be willing to return to Asia to undertake a secret intelligence mission.