Thanks Tom. Yes accept that Lord Kitchener was extremely well travelled, and rarely seemed to be in Britain before 1914, but Russia doesn't seem to have been on his list.
Have found copy of George Cassar's biography in library. Interesting comments on Russian trip, implying that Kitchener let it be known that he wanted to visit Russia and the Czar responded.
This work also offers some useful context to the trip. Seems that there was a need for a visit to help Russia co-ordinate its resources and manpower on the Eastern Front.
As a 'big push' was due on the Western Front, makes some sense for a mission to Russia at this time.
truthergw, on 08 May 2011 - 10:15 AM, said:
K was well traveled so I could not absolutely rule out a pre-war visit but I am fairly sure this was his first since being made SoS. I assume that there must have been pre-war contact between the respective general staffs to arrange details of the entente but I rather feel K would have been in India or Egypt at the time. There does not seem to have been much in the way of leisure or social travel from Britain to Russia prior to the war. Tours of the continent and America seem to have been common and trips to Africa to kill some animals seem to have been almost de rigeur but I do not recall any equivalent to the Tsar's realm.