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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The White movement (Russian: , tr. Beloye dvizheniye), whose military arm was the White Army ( , Belaya Armiya) aka the White Guard ( , Belaya Gvardiya), and as the Whites ( and "White Guardsmen") comprised some of the politico-military Russian forces who unsuccessfully fought the Bolsheviks after the October Revolution and later the Red Army in the Russian Civil War (1917-23). In the Russian context, White connoted three designations: political contra-distinction to the Reds, whose revolutionary Red Army supported the Bolsheviks and Communism; historical reference to absolute monarchy, specifically united Russia's first Tsar, Ivan III (1462-1505), styled "Albus Rex" ("White King"); and sartorially, that some White Army soldiers wore the white uniforms of Imperial Russia.