baron von ungern sternberg


Roman von Ungern-Sternberg, the Tsar’s own “Mad Baron”. Feared for his brutal attacks on communist-occupied villages and his draconian punishments, he would take his 6000-strong force of cavalry all the way to the capital of Mongolia, Urga. Reinstating the traditional Bogd Khan ruler, he believed this would spark the second coming of Genghis Khan’s Mongol Empire. A devout Buddhist, he often planned battles with input from a court of soothsayers and fortune tellers. Also a rabid anti-Semite, he allowed his army to brutally torture, rape and murder the Jewish population of Urga and the surrounding land. Eventually his luck ran out, and in 1921 he was captured and executed by the Soviet government.

Toute guerre est sainte. La loi de la Force est la seule loi du monde. S'il existe un Dieu, il ne peut être que combat. Le Bien et le mal n'existe pas plus que la vie et la mort. Il n'y a que l'action. La lutte.
—  Baron Roman von Ungern-Sternberg