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November 8, 1917

Discussion in 'Lounge' started by Martin Rohmann, Nov 7, 2020.

  1. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

    October Myth

    The “Great October Socialist Revolution” has become a myth. Almost all of us know the famous film about it by Sergej Eisenstein, in which death-defying workers in the hail of bullets storm the seat of the Provisional Government - the Winter Palace in Petrograd - and sweep away the reactionary power.



    None of this is true!

    The “Great October Socialist Revolution” is a fictitious myth - it was nothing more than a bloodless coup!

    The "Provisional Government", which had been in power since the fall of the Tsar in March 1917, was severely weakened by military defeats, the very poor economic situation and internal political contradictions.

    Power was in the street, so to speak - and Lenin's Bolsheviks decided on October 16 (all dates according to our era!) To abolish it!

    Lev Trotsky took care of the military preparations ...


    ... who relied particularly on the Petrograd Workers and Soldiers Council. Lenin, who always dived when it smelled of powder, stayed in the background.

    The cruiser "Avrora", in the hands of revolutionary sailors, was brought from Kronstadt to Petrograd.


    At night of November 7, 1917 bolshewik troops vommanded by Trotzkij and Jakow Swerdlow…


    ... take all strategically important points of the city of Petrograd (telegraph office, post office, armorie... commanded workers militias all strategically important points of the city of Petrograd (telegraph office, post office, armories, garrisons etc.) - completely bloodless and without firing a single shot!

    Then the seaman Yevdokim Ognev ..


    ... from the cruiser "Awrora" anchored on the Neva quay with the bow gun, a "blind" (blank cartridge!) shot was fired.


    This is the only shot that falls that night!

    At this signal, workers' militias storm the Winter Palace, the seat of the Provisional Government.

    There is no resistance at all!

    Prime Minister Kerensky ...


    ... has been warned in advance and has gone to the Swedish embassy.

    The troops that are supposed to defend the Provisional Government, fearful military students ("Junkers") and a cocky so-called women's "death batallion" ...



    ... have long since broken up or immediately lay down their arms and are sent home!

    The large gate with the iron railing that the revolutionaries storm in the Eisenstein film from 1927 (see picture above) did not lead to the inside of the palace, but to the horse stables and carriages! They wouldn't have got very far.

    The main entrance is completely different, on the left corner of the facade.

    In truth, not a single shot is fired!

    The biggest problem for the attackers is to find their way around the huge palace.

    Finally - more by chance - the revolutionary Anton Antonov-Ovssejenko ...


    ... shortly after midnight on November 8, 1917, in an adjoining room, the confused members of the Provisional Government sat together...


    ...and arrested them with a handful of militias.

    That's it!

    When the Petrograders, who have not noticed any of this, wake up the next morning, the Bolsheviks are in power….
  2. Nap A Fixture

    Interesting thread as always

    Thank you Martin for all the "History" threads

    Hope we see a inter project on V bench fom you soon

    Stay safe

  3. Airkid PlanetFigure Supporter

    Nice one Martin. One of my favourite periods, the Russian Civil War. I visited St Petersburg a few years back and we toured the Hermitage and the Aurora. It was fascinating. Those gates are still in place.

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  4. grasshopper A Fixture

    There is a you tube channel The Great War, which has excellent blow by blow on the Russian Revolution, subsequent events thru early 1920s..uprisings, white vs red..poles vs bolsheviks..it’s complicated..
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  5. Airkid PlanetFigure Supporter

    Complicated - I'll say it is! That's why I find it so fascinating. And the figure possibilities are endless, and sculptors have barely scratched the surface.

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  6. Blind Pew A Fixture

    Thanks as ever Martin. I understand Lenin was in Vienna and only showed up after it was over.

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