Tag Archive for Russia

RUSSIA: THE REVOLUTION SPREADS

Soldiers Throw Down Their Arms. Refuse Orders to the Trenches. Mutiny Favors the Bolsheviks. Special to The Great War Project. (10 September) The turmoil in Russia remains unabated. It is not yet clear who rules Russia in the aftermath of the revolution earlier in the year and the abdication of Tsar Nicolas the Second. But…

WILL RUSSIA STAY IN THE WAR?

Lenin Calls for End to Russia’s Role as Desertion Spreads. Germans Flood the Battle Field with Propaganda. Special to The Great War Project (30 April) In Russia, the conflict between pro- and anti-war forces is gowing and bringing more and more uncertainty to Russia’s continuing participation in the war, a century ago. In late April…

ALL EYES ON RUSSIA

Strikes, Violence, Martial Law Hit Russian Capital. The First Russian Revolution Begins. Special to The Great War Project. (9-12 March) On March 10th a century ago, Russia is facing a real revolution. “As a general strike began in Russia,” writes historian Martin Gilbert, “Martial Law was declared in Petrograd.” Tsar Nicholas faces heavy pressure to abdicate…

WILL THE U.S. ENTER THE WAR?

Debate Sharpens Amidst Submarine Attacks, Secret Plotting. Britain Regaining Offensive; Russia Collapsing. Special to The Great War Project. (5 March) Across the globe a century ago, events are speeding up, with the United States hurtling toward war. “The Zimmerman telegram was published in the United States on March 1st,” reports historian Martin Gilbert. Many in…

CRISIS IN RUSSIA

Casualties in the Millions; Enormous Desertions. Revolution in the Air. Special to The Great War Project (15-21 January) The situation in the Russian army is precarious and desperate. At this moment in the war a century ago, Russia had so far, writes historian Adam Hochschild, “suffered a staggering six million war casualties. “Its huge clumsy…

‘GREAT RETREAT’ IN RUSSIA

Soldiers and Civilians Fill the Roads Fleeing Eastward Desertion in Russian Army Grows; Strikes Spread. Special to The Great War Project (10-13 January) Despite its successes on the battlefields of the war, Germany is still nervous about the weakness of its allies —  Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire. Despite its losses, the Russian Army still…

NOTHING BUT BAD NEWS FOR THE ALLIES

From the Balkans to Gallipoli to the Eastern Front, Germany Advances. Russia Threatens to Stop Fighting. Special to The Great War Project. (27-29 October) The situation in Serbia looks dire for the Serbs. The Austrian and German invasion of Serbia appears to be a success. The French are rushing reinforcements to the Serbs, but Bulgarian…

NEW FRONTS IN AN EVER-WIDENING WAR

Austria Attacks in Serbia; Russia in the Caucasus Special to The Great War Project (30 November-1 December) Austria takes Belgrade today a century ago. Since the beginning of the war in early August, Austria-Hungary has but one crucial goal – to occupy Serbia and extract revenge for the killing of Austria’s heir-apparent, the Archduke Franz…

FROZEN EARTH, FROZEN WAR

Germans Dig in for Long Haul; In the Trenches: Paneled Walls, Even Carpets; Ottoman Threat to Kill Allied Hostages. Special to The Great War Project. (24-25-26 November) In the central zone of the Eastern Front a century ago, as the battle around what is now the Polish city of Lodz comes to a close, the…