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    Journal of Major Yevstigneyev, 26 October 1917

    This morning a Colonel of the Provisional Government's garrison gave us our first new orders since the domestic crisis began to boil over. Our platoons were separated, and as such I was ordered to stay with first platoon and Zaamurets to hold control Minks Vilnius Station. We patrolled the perimeter all day with the help of civilian lookouts, but it seems no-one dared confront our machine. Lieutenant Pavel's platoon was ordered into the city to confront the Bolsheviks, and he delivers the following report:

    Military Actions. Confronted Bolsheviki in the area around the Governor's Garden. Engaged and eliminated two snipers' nests and a barricade blocking a bridge over the Svislach including hostile field gun.
    Casualties and Losses. Two men and one horse lost to the hostile field gun. A three-man patrol missing, suspected of desertion or defection.
    Enemy Casualties. Two Bolshevik snipers. Estimated 7 killed at the barricade, possibly more jumped into the river.
    Materiel Seized. Three Nagant revolvers and eight rifles. One serviceable 7.7 cm Feldkanone 96 with nine shells. One mule.

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    A telegram sent from Semyonov to Yuri Hlushko-Mova, dated Oct. 26 1917.

    ARRIVED IN CHITA EARLY NO BOLSHEVIKS

    UNGERN-STERNBERG SENT TO URGA FOR KHANS SUPPORT OTHER ENVOYS SENT TO MUKDEN PEKING AND DAIREN FOR JAPANESE-FENGTIAN SUPPORT FOR THE CREATION OF OUR OWN STATE

    PROMPTLY TAKING CONTROL OF CHITA AND PORTION OF RAILROAD SUGGEST YOU FOLLOW SUIT IN VLADIVOSTOK WILL SEND TROOPS IF NEEDED

    CONTACT KOLCHAK AND MEET IN BLAGOVESCHENSK

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    26th October

    The evening papers spoke heavily of the situation with the Bolsheviks, from the very disturbing mood mentioned by the Russian Word, to the clashes, both literal and figurative, between the Bolsheviks and the Provisional Government mentioned by the New Time. I seriously had no idea what to think, things seemed like they were happening much faster than anticipated! At least the Caucasian Front seemed fine, for the most part.

    I didn't even need to read the paper to know that there was fighting here in Rostov. I was woken up much earlier than I usually woke up in the morning, as some people fought against one another in the streets, though others chose just to yell at one another. Rocks were even thrown, one flying so high it managed to break my window somehow! I knew it had to do with whatever was happening in Petrograd, and sure enough, the morning paper confirmed that. With the White Palace now under their control, and with that the city in its entirety, they've set a precedent for other workers to follow.

    While the situation in the Ukraine wasn't much better, the Bolsheviks scared me on the principle of my job. The papers have mentioned the government's closing of Bolshevik papers, so it wouldn't surprise me if they did the same now that they had the power. With the industrial presence in Tsaristyn being as large as it is, I'll have to pray to God more than ever that somehow they don't take the city and close the publication. If the situation here gets more intense and the Cossacks get involved, I may just leave!

    For the time being though, I'll have to try my best to continue my work here, and writing an article about the ruckus here in Rostov may just work out for me if Tsaristyn stays calm.

    [Panta goes on his daily morning walk, before looking into the street fighting going on, writing an article for it to be sent by dinner.]

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    A scene of street fighting now commonplace throughout all of Russia.
    Москва́ газета (Moscow newspaper) 27/10/1917 (November 9, 1917 New Style)

    The Counterrevolution marches to war!

    Recent events reveals that Kerensky (reported as having fled Petrograd) has fled to Pskov to meet with loyalists of the regime and has assembled a sizeable force with which he intends to retake the capital. Appointing General Krasnov to head the forces, they have already marched on Gatchina and Tsarskoe Selo and seized both cities from local Bolshevik forces. However their ability to maintain the counteroffensive is in question due to the rapid dissolution of government authority throughout all of Russia and the poor morale of the army. Indeed, even here in Moscow we have witnessed many brutal scenes erupt as fighting between the Bolsheviks and military cadets bring havoc to the city in the opening stages of what can only be described as a civil war. We can report that the Bolsheviks have lost control of the Kremlin and are being pushed back into the suburbs.

    News from the rest of the country comes to us in bits and pieces at times, but we can report that Georgia has broken away from the rest of Russia under a Menshevik coalition. Brutal fighting continues in Minsk where the Bolsheviks have failed to seize the railways and are unable to capitalise on their early gains. Consequently reinforcements have begun marching on the city. The Bolsheviks have already taken Kronstadt, Ivanovo-Voznesensk, Lugansk, Kazan, Rostov-on-Don, Ekaterinburg, Revel, Tsaritsyn, Samara and Saratov – all cities which now form a part of the rapidly growing revolutionary movement.

    All over Russia however there is opposition forming, particularly in the far east, south, and Belarus. Reportedly the loyalist Semyonov has ordered units under his command to seize Chita and the Trans-Siberian railways and to crack down on “Bolshevik” moves. Several units of his army has consequently mutinied and now fight amongst themselves (between Bolshevik and Loyalist factions) for control of the railways. With government authority fragmented and lacking, Semyonov has taken it upon himself to declare a “transitional” Transbaikal Republic.

    Further west, the new Ukrainian government has received perhaps the first recognition of their independence as the (currently unrecognised) Bolshevik government in Petrograd has announced that they consider Ukraine to be an independent state and has urged them to “crush the counter-revolutionaries” claimed to threaten them. The state of the uprising in Ukraine has already shown two major sides to the conflict as the western parts has seen a revolt of a generally “nationalist” nature while further to the east it is more heavily drawn along class lines. In all cases regardless the great mass of soldiers, peasants, and proletarians have been taking revenge (particularly in the east) against the landed and wealthy. Numerous houses have been looted and the newly formed Ukrainian state struggles to restore order, provision the army, and return public services to working condition (many of the streets in Kiev are full of debris and many have fled the fighting). The new “army” and numerous militias have marched southeast to seize more lands and General Kvetsinsky has begun a campaign to march on Crimea with the goal of seizing the port of Sevastopol and additionally to liberate Odessa from loyalist forces. With erratic supply lines and soldiers on both sides either being poorly trained or heavily demoralised one can only expect tragedy to come of it.
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    27th October

    As I investigated the ruckus here in Rostov, I noted that it wasn't just ordinary street fighting, or at least, it was initially. I wouldn't know. By the time I came to investigate, the fighting had shifted towards a more politicized angle, as the workers sympathetic to the Bolshevik cause were tussling with those loyal to the Provisional Government. I may have even recognized some Cossacks in the crowd, though I wasn't entirely sure. Following the flow of the clash, I left the crowd relatively unscathed.

    By the time evening rolled around and I had gathered one of each available newspaper and gazette, things seemed to have shifted in the favor of the workers. I quietly and swiftly returned to my home before a worker could approach me. The evening papers just spoke more of the same, with the picture painted by the New Time appearing desperate.

    The morning came, and it was apparent to whom Rostov belonged to now. When I asked where the papers were, I was pointed towards the worker's gazettes. I ended up grabbing the paper, and having read it now, it confirmed one thing for me. I was out of a job, with Tsaritsyn under Bolshevik control now, and their general trend with the press.

    I always travel lightly, and where I'm staying right now isn't even mine completely, but from a relative that passed away some time last year. I probably would've been placed in Novocherkassk if I didn't present that fact to my editor. But with the Bolsheviks in control here now, I'm in grave danger. I have a map with me, a road map that's 20 years old now, which I found in this home.

    This is going to be my last journal entry in Rostov. I'm not willing to go south due to the Caucasus Front and Ekaterinburg, but I can either go to Taganrog in the west, оr Novocherkassk in the north-east. While I would want to see whether my family in Dereivka was fine, I may just have to go the north-east route... hopefully the trains are still running.

    [On the 27th of October, Panta leaves Rostov-on-Don by train. While the first stop when it comes to towns may be in Novocherkassk, it'll eventually bring him to near Korotoyak. He doesn't know where he'll go from there yet.]

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    Loyalists bring the fight to the Bolsheviks.
    Viipurilehti (Viborg paper) 28/10/1917 (November 10, 1917 New Style)

    Public rejection of Bolsheviks growing!
    Recent days have seen uproar in Petrograd as the new Bolshevik regime has taken many bold moves to consolidate Soviet power. With authority among the left fractured, Kerensky leading loyalist forces onto Petrograd, and the Commissar of the Winter Palace having revealed to be a drunk selling off the booze for profit, it is no wonder that the Bolsheviks have suffered many setbacks. Uprisings continue throughout the country as supporters of the new regime seize control, but they face an uphill battle in Chita and Transbaikalia where bloody skirmishes with Government loyalists have resulted in them losing control over Chita. The government may not be able to count on the Chita mutiny however, for their declaration of independence has rendered them outside of government control (not that this fact matters much at present!) Matters have also taken a turn for the worse in Minsk where the reds have lost control of the central parts of the city and have been forced into the suburbs where they battle with the garrison for control. A government bodies also ignore Bolshevik orders, and so Lenin has taken it upon himself to declare all revolutionaries to fight alongside the Ukrainians to expel the counter-revolution, which has already dealt a blow to Bolshevik goals in several cities. Skirmishing is underway at the Pulkovo hills with General Krasnov (who has promised to oust the revolutionaries) leading loyalist forces.

    Nationalist aspirations?

    The self-appointed Prime Minister of Ukraine has announced that civilian police forces should return to work in conjunction with the armed forces to restore order, a task made difficult by the fact most people ignore the police (and indeed many of the policemen and soldiers engage in the looting). Only in some smaller western towns have the police reported restoring order, for the case is very much the opposite in the eastern parts where Red Guards are seizing control and have allowed both the mob and themselves to run wild and rampant to exercise revenge upon their former oppressors. The loyalist armies in the south have pulled back to The Crimea in the wake of attacks by Ukrainian militias and military units, which have now entered the outskirts of Odessa where heavy street fighting has begun. Local units of Socialist Revolutionaries and Bolsheviks have joined in the fight to help win control of Odessa for the Ukrainians. Workers Soviets in some parts of the country are already taking control of local affairs (both western and eastern Ukraine) and are putting themselves to work on the collection of materiel for the ”war” and the distribution of supplies to the militias. Despite attempts by Vynnychenko to move supplies to the armed forces there is a lack of overall coordination, storage, and distribution to feed and clothe the militias. Like the Bolshevik government it lacks much in the way of delegation of powers, meetings are ad hoc, and nobody is really quite sure what is going on. Some supplies were sent to Odessa, but the train has seemingly vanished and nobody is quite sure what's going on.
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    Name: Ruslan Yurievich Zimnyakov
    Date of Birth: October 18, 1881
    Town of Birth: Vladivostok, Outer Manchuria
    (Former) Occupation: Praporshchik in the Russian army
    (Current) Occupation: Elected Officer of the Bladed Rebellion

    In Vladivostok, a group of officers, overseeing semi-mutinous troops, convened in the city's main hall. There, after intense discussions, the officers exited the building and announced the "Bladed Rebellion". Under the command of Ruslan Zimnyakov , the rebellion is said to be Anti-Tsarist and Pro-Democracy. However, its attitude towars the Bolsheviks is on the warm side of neutral. So long as the Reds keep their peace, the Bladed Rebellion will mean them no harm.

    Their ultimate goal is to carve out eastern Manchuria, and eventually all the way to the Kamchatka peninsula, to create a democratic state ruled from the bottom up. However, the fight will be long and difficult.

    Zimnyakov and his troops moved to seize the ports of Vladivostok, where the Tsarist navy bombarded them and forced them back from the docks. However, the navy is unwilling to continue shelling the city, as every time they pull the trigger, dozens join the rebellion.
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    (thank you Damian :v)

    Name: Mikhail Vasilyevich Frunze
    Date of Birth: 2 February 1885
    Town of Birth: Pishpek, Kyrgyzstan
    Current occupation: Commander of the Moscow Bolshevik Forces
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    An Excerpt From the Diary of Anton Denikin Inside Bykhov's Monestery, 29th of October 1917 - Translated
    Each day I am stuck here fills my heart with wretched worry and fear. I know now for certain that the guard patrol lessens each day. The men I see every day are now gone, it seems the monastery Kerensky put us in is manned now by naught but a skeleton crew. I understand war, and if boys are being pulled from these positions, then we are losing it. I do not doubt this uprising in the Ukraine will be quelled in time, and this is not the war I refer to, but I have doubts the persuader-in-chief has organised a fighting force to wrest the lands conquered by our forefathers back, and every day, he cedes Vynnychenko more ground.

    I have heard no more from Petrograd, or from our captors. From Kornilov, either. When they walk past, they grip their guns and look forward, and the rhythm of their steps are off. Even now, I hear them pacing, as if the Germans are at the doors of the monastery itself. Have the Bolsheviks risen? Do they dare to test the might of the motherland? Perhaps Vynnychenko has emboldened them to rise. As I write, I hear shouts, but I cannot tell if they are barks of anger or orders. What is happening?

    [The diary entry seems to trail off from this point, and stop abruptly.]

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    Loyalists in Crimea marching to meet the Ukrainians
    Петрогра́д газета (Petrograd paper): 29/10/1917 (November 11, 1917 New Style)

    Down with the Bolsheviks!

    As public rejection of the false regime grows, the noose around the Bolshevik neck tightens more and more. Kerensky has now entered the suburbs of Petrograd where his forces now skirmish with the Red Guards. In support, the Junkers have risen up in the city and have attempted to seize control of the post offices, railway stations, etc from the Red Guards and to help win back control for the government. In one instance they broke into a prison and liberated many of the prisoners, including Kornilov (leader of the failed coup several months ago) who has since vanished.

    In more concerning news for the regime the Railwaymens Unions (Vikzhel) has issued an ultimatum demanding the Bolsheviks enter talks with the other socialist parties in order to create an “all-Soviet government” representing the whole country. This move has received a great deal of public support and numerous petitions have been sent to the Smolny demanding this concession. The danger for the regime comes from the fact that the Railway Union has threatened to go on strike, threatening critical supplies of food and fuel to Petrograd. Many other factories have also declared solidarity with Vikzhel, which poses a severe threat considering the conflict in both Petograd and Moscow. Lenin later conceded these demands and sent Kamenev to head inter-party talks with the Mensheviks and Right SRs.

    Chaos further afield!

    With the war escalating in The Ukraine, the “Minister” Vynnychenko has declared a nationalization of factories and other facilities in order to procure resources for the war of independence. In a speech to the citizens of Kiev, he also declared that anyone caught looting the homes of the vulnerable and poor (such as peasants and workers) will be shot, a move that was received with some muted applause. He then went on to say that the homes and businesses of the wealthy are still fair game however, which resulted in thunderous applause and the crowds went on to loot several more homes in the city. The bourgeoisie and supporters of the old regime have grown horrified at the news and have fled to join the loyalists outside of the city. More fighting occurred and several Soviets have started to declare their loyalty to the Ukrainian government, while the Bolsheviks have sent militias to help in the Odessa assault, including the newly formed “Russian free corps”.

    There the commander has been called upon to give up, but stubbornly refuses to do so even as the outskirts have been seized and intense street fighting dominates the city. Vynnychenko later declared a new constitution would soon be forthcoming and that elections would be scheduled for the future (although as to the precise date and their relation to the Russian constituent elections expected to happen in The Ukraine anyways remains uncertain). The Ukrainian peoples army (which is starting to coalesce in the south) has potentially as many as ten-thousand at arms, but their organisation, command, and supplies are completely unorganized and morale is often in question. An additional matter concerns Germany, which is still technically at war. The German and Austrian states however declared their interest in seeking a temporary armistice with the new country, while the allied forces continue to refuse recognition of either the Bolshevik or Ukrainian governments.

    Government loyalists later managed to fully drive the Socialists out of Minsk in a crushing blow to the aspirations of Lenin, who reportedly flew into a rage at the news. The armies based there now skirmish with the revolutionaries to the north and east, although with poor supplies and morale they have been unable to progress much further than the outlying areas of Minsk. In a more bizarre twist of events, a rebellion broke out in Vladivostok led by Zimnyakov, a commander in the army who has been (in a democratic election) been elected the leader of the “Bladed Rebellion”, a movement sympathetic to the Bolshevik cause. They have since broken out into the streets and have seized numerous parts of the city, and currently fight against the remaining (loyalist) garrison. To the west in Transbaikal, the commander Semenyov has ordered his forces west along the Trans-Siberian Railway to seize control, and subsequently has blocked off access to the government forces. Without control of the railway, authority is now rapidly dissolving in the east as reinforcements and supplies become impossible to move. But even more strangely, they (including Sternberg and Mashka along with the Buryat troops) have also declared allegiance to the Bogd Khan of Mongolia. The Khan has not responded yet, given that when the legitimate government restores order it will inevitably return to punish him.
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    BP-3 (front) and MBV Zaamurets in Minsk, 25 October 1917
    Journal of Major Yevstigneyev, 26 October 1917

    The last three days have seen the most brutal street fighting I should ever hope to see. With fighting quelled in the city center we moved again as one unit into the northern suburbs with most men on foot following the train in a similar manner to those land ships that fight the Germans on the Western Front. Both of the Nordenfelt guns were fired for the first time in anger when ground forces cornered a group of Bolsheviks in an apartment building, ripping apart the building's facade before it subsequently burnt to the ground. The train itself was pelted by small arms fire, causing a few fragments to come dangerously close to striking me where I sat. Another eight men have been lost so far, entirely to sniper fire. That makes a total of ten killed on this expedition, all of whom have been buried at a local churchyard with what honors we could give.

    For all the cost, the victory in Minsk and news of Kerensky's march on Petrograd have greatly invigorated us. Ultimately, the enemy was proven to be a mob, unable to oppose organized soldiers in spite of morale issues. Zaamurets has also proven to be an engine of destruction worthy of the Stavka's attention, as it seems our control of the rails assisted in the arrival of loyalist reinforcements. Consequently, our rail cruiser has been combined with a Khunkhuz-class train, the BP-3, itself an intimidating machine. The Stavka hopes that between the two there should be enough firepower to clear the railways and lead reinfrocements to Petrograd. Even between the two it will be a difficult task, much more than the one-week journey I spoke of to the men. As an officer whose greatest contribution to the State so far has been the efficient management of boxcars, I am quite worried about my ability to pull off this feat, and yet it is quite clear that I must.

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    From the Journal of Mitrofan Dovnar-Zapol'skiy: Translated to English
    October 29th 1917

    It's all gone wrong, everything. Where can I even start? Do I know? Does anyone?!? The boys, they're gone now; run off with those damned reds and their ridiculous promises of utopia. After all the fighting and bloodshed spilled upon the streets of this city we've only just moved into...I was left speechless to see both my boys go...To fight for the very men who caused such chaos, such havoc, such death. I cannot fathom what is to happen to them There mother was even more distraught, and when we witnessed the execution of reds at the hands of of the troops she...she died, her heart...it must have given out at the thought of both of her sons dead...from a firing squad no less.

    My own heart weeps, and I question whether I can go on...First the boys, now my beloved Nadia? What trial has God seen fit to put onto this poor Historian ?! Am I to be a new Job, tested by the very evil one himself?I do not know anymore...I-I just feel so alone. My boys, my fucking boys are gone; my wife, my love, she's fucking gone too now. I cry out, but no one hears me, no man at least. But...I will go on and fight through this grief, this sorrow, this utter misery! Because my life has a new path, to find my sons and bring them back to me. I may be old, and I may not be as spry as in my youth but I will find them.

    I've decided on this since she passed a few days ago now...they could be anywhere at this point but I'm determined. I've already decided there's nothing left for me in Minsk, and as soon as I've come I've decided to leave this place of bad memories and torment. And while It may be a burden upon my wallet, I care not, a new life can be found in new lands free of war and suffering, free of painful memory and distraught politics. Perhaps the Crimea, or even..America? But I am getting ahead of myself.

    In saying this, which is to say, as I write, I'm currently under the employ of General Boldyriev. I've resolved there's little better chance to find my sons than to join the forces chasing after them, it may sound ludicrous but atleast then I can know I'm coming ever closer to them. I sold the house cheaply to one of the General's staff members to serve as their quarters in Minsk, in what I can only imagine is booty taken off of both Bolshevik and German over the years. However the money is good at the moment and in a strongbox next to me, I purchased a horse as well; the car never did find its way to Minsk, or the dog for that matter. A strong dark brown don who I've named Kyiv, after Nadia's home town.

    The beast, alongside a saber and my 16 years of experience as a professor, not to mention my family's former position as nobles, earned me the position of Kornet in the General's cavalry corps. Though when I first arrived at the barracks I recieved nothing but dirty looks and snickers before quickly ignoring me. I fear that my age and lack of military experience may prove to distance myself from the men, some of who've seen war and battle for the past 3 years straight. I can only imagine what some of these men have seen, especially what little remains of the cavalry corps, whose been losing officers like flies as they charge the Bolsheviks like men possessed.

    Truth be told I share in that sentiment, if not for my boys being involved in the entire bloody movement I'd see all these damned revolutionaries hung. Not just for their part in causing chaos and bloodshed across the motherland, and my belarus, but for my departed love Nadia. I shall avenge her and bring our boys back alive or die trying. And damn it but I will make these men respect me! I can hear them outside of my quarters mocking me, although a few, conscripts from the sounds of it have read my books and at least respect me in that regard but question why I am here...It is better they know not. But in the morning I will address their quarrel's and see to it that I am not an ineffective officer in this army of veterans.

    God be with me, for I walk through a valley of darkness, and while I fear no evil, I know not where to go or how to get out. Guide me with thine rod and staff from the darkness and out into the eternal light, Amen.

    Kt. Dovnar-Zapol'sky 1st Cavalry Corps, 5th Army
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    29th October

    I had managed to successfully get out of Rostov by train, and as if God looked down upon me, the train ride was thankfully uneventful. Sure, there was a bit of an issue with a lone Bolshevik trying to get the train workers to join their movement, which ended up delaying the train's arrival by a few hours, but other than that, I'm still living!

    The area near Korotoyak is much calmer than Rostov too, at least for now. The area is a lot more rural, especially with Pokrovskoye, so it's bound to have less Bolshevik sympathizers. However, I'll need to keep moving. The train's continuing northwards towards Voronezh, but they'll be taking a break to check on the train. That gives me enough time to get some papers to read.

    Last night's papers merely continued updating on the situation with the Bolsheviks, unsurprising. The morning paper though, it contained info that shocked me - the situation with the Trans-Siberian Railway. I've held a possible idea of heading eastwards and trying to figure out what to do from there. Possibly even escape into America, if need be. But this news, along with everything else mentioned, paints a dark picture for me. No matter where I go, whether it be west, north, east or even south, the path will be treacherous.

    Voronezh is closer to us than Rostov, so we should arrive by evening or midnight. From there, I'll have to make a final decision... where do I go?

    [Panta continues his train ride northwards to Voronezh.]

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    Soldiers assembled outside of Odessa.
    Москва́ газета (Moscow newspaper) 30/10/1917 (November 12, 1917 New Style)

    The counter-revolution repelled!

    Shocking news has come from Petrograd as the army marching to retake the city has been driven back by the Red Guards! Upon entering the outskirts loyalists attempted to make the local garrison of Tsarskoye Selo surrender, but they refused. Gunfire ensued before the loyalists were assailed upon by Red Guards and broke ranks, leaving behind their artillery in the process (which was used to shoot at them as they fled). Consequently the forces there have pulled back to Gatchina where Kerensky is attempting to bring in more reinforcements. News from the rest of the country is grim as both Baku and Voronezh have now fallen to the Bolsheviks and the noose tightens. Under the leadership of Mikhail Frunze the Red Guards in Moscow have dug themselves in to repel the sorty made out of the Kremlin by the students and cadets. Later on in the day, Frunze was able to make use of artillery which he aimed on the Kremlin and began shelling it in addition to a number of other positions. While the citizens nearby were blown to pieces in the crossfire, Frunze marched about the battlements and gave a rousing speech to his men as they bombed the fortress, winning him respect of the men and the attention of the senior commissars. The loyalist morale quickly collapsed and they have fled into the Kremlin itself where they hold out against the growing Bolshevik forces.

    Kamenev has reportedly also come to an agreement with the other Socialist parties in order to create a democratic soviet government of all parties, although Lenin (his spirits buoyed from repelling the loyalists in Petrograd and Moscow) is no longer interested and feels as though his forces can do the job without assistance from the Mensheviks and other Socialist Revolutionaries. While talks continue there are fears they could end prematurely with no deal. Throughout the rest of Russia, the Bladed rebellion has seized control of Vladivostok and declared solidarity with the Bolsheviks while the Baikal rebels have seized the lands east of Lake Baikal and now skirmish with Bolshevik partisans to the west. Minsk remains in loyalist hands, but only just and it remains to be seen for how long as supply lines break down and soldiers constantly desert.

    Odessa falls, loyalists purged!

    Vynnychenko ordered for the police to arrest everyone in Kiev loyal to the Provisional government and imprison them for plotting against the Ukrainian state. Assisted by the Bolsheviks in this endeavor, the Kiev police managed to round up a large number of businessmen, priests, army officers, civil servants, and a number of Jews as well. They currently await trial for their crimes (real or imagined), and this move has won the Ukrainians support of the Bolsheviks as now both sides work alongside one another to seize control. An official flag was revealed (and now flies from the ministry building) for Ukraine today as well, and copies are being made in lieu of clothing to help bolster morale among the soldiers who lack boots and winter jackets. Today they entered Odessa and a final plea was made to the commander of the Odessa garrison to put down his arms and surrender. He refused, and was promptly murdered by his fellows and was thrown off the roof of a building before the soldiers inside surrendered and gave over control of the city to the Ukrainian Army.

    The supreme commander was later instructed to begin work on building a proper chain of command, for the army is now mostly composed of peasants (or townworkers once peasants) with poor leadership and organisation beyond brigade level. He began by appointing various military leaders to head different units and requistioned a number of locomotives and warehouses to move supplies, but this task is made more difficult by the lack of army officers (most of whom now reside in prison or have fled). One of the newest units is the Russian Free Corps, led by Pyotr Wrangel (a former government loyalist who has switched sides and thrown in his lot with the revolutionaries). After putting down rebellion in his own ranks, he took several regiments with him and declared they would now fight for themselves. Most of his forces are comprised of cavalry and have afforded them mobility lacking among the Ukrainian footsoldiers. Participating in the Odessa offensive, they later helped secure much of the countryside and captured a lot of arms and prisoners in the process before driving the last of the loyalists out. Many regime loyalists are now making their way to Crimea ahead of the nationalists, who later established outposts to the north of the Crimean peninsula. Isolated from the rest of Russia, the people of Crimea have been organising an emergency government in Sevastopol and are appealing to the allies for help – there are rumours that they could declare independence.
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    Speech given by Vynnychenko and spread by pamphlets, 30/10/1917 {After the capture of Odessa}:
    Citizens of Ukraine, I am proud to announce that our armed forces have managed to capture the city of Odessa from loyalist forces! The cruel loyalist garrison commander had forced his troops to continue fighting, even in the face of utter defeat, and as such was shot by his own men. Afterwards, they promptly surrendered to our army. With these recent advancements, I offer Crimea and Chisinau the opportunity to lay down their arms and to join Ukraine as autonomous regions of Ukraine. There is no need to throw the lives of your men away for the lost cause of the provisional government. See logic, not blind loyalty! This war can be ended by you making the right choice. I hope that you choose wisely.

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    Dnevnik of Panta Tkanjačević

    30th October

    The train arrived in Voronezh late last night, with only a few places still open. I barely managed to get the evening paper, and even then it was just mentions of Vikzhel and the progress of the communists. The train workers revealed that they wanted to rest for the night, and so offered us all to rest at the train with them. However, there were rumblings that something would occur.

    This morning revealed what that something was... Bolsheviks. First Rostov, now here too! It seems as though I can't escape this red menace. I barely managed to find myself with the train operators and the few others who chose the train not to travel but to flee, what with the chaos outside. We're all stumped on where to go - everything north from here to Moscow has fallen to the Bolsheviks, everything south from here to Rostov likewise, the west is filled with heavy fighting from all parties, and the east may not be accessible due to Semenyov's partial control of the Trans-Siberian Railway...

    We are stuck in the thick of it, and it is only a matter of time until the workers here confront us. We've already determined that escape through Scandinavia is practically impossible, as Finland's rails are only accessible through Petrograd, and reaching Arkhangelsk would require navigating through railways in Bolshevik territories. There was an idea about just hiding out in Siberia, but reaching it would also involve going through Bolshevik territories, Ekaterinburg or otherwise.

    For now, we've all decided to stay in the train and act as though we're with the workers, but we don't know how long we'll be able to keep this act up. We need to choose where to go!

    [Panta hides out in the train.]

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    Red Guard partisans in the provinces.
    Київський спостерігач (Kiev Observer) 31/10/1917 (November 13, 1917 New Style)

    An independent Ukraine struggles for independence against upstart rebels fighting for “independence”!

    As many of our keen-eyed readers have noticed, the past week has been an exciting one as the collective mass of the people have thrown off the shackles of Russian oppression and have seized their destiny under the impartial leadership of Vynnychenko (who today ordered all of the assets of the wealthy seized and brought to his ministry for the good of Ukraine). With much of Ukraine now liberated, the task of freeing the oppressed peoples of Moldova and Crimea has fallen to the Ukrainian army. In a rather generous move, the Supreme commander has ordered a general amnesty for a number of imprisoned officers who have now chosen to join the ranks and to fight for the true cause. Around three fourths of the new army was sent to the border of Crimea as a show of force to compel the Crimeans to lay down their arms and join the Ukrainian state. The Crimeans have not only refused, but their leaders in Sevastopol have declared the creation of a now independent and secular Crimea! While it is taking a long time for reinforcements to arrive it is suspected that the Crimeans will be unable to hold out against such overwhelming odds. Trenches are being dug on both sides.

    Further west a smaller detachment of the Ukrainian peoples army is marching to Bessarabia from Odessa where they encountered loyalist units and entered battle. Both sides lack supplies and are overstretched, but the Ukrainians are simply unable to move quickly enough to make good on the offensive. Initial skirmishes have halted the advance into Bessarabia, a fact worsened by the lack of officers and poor supply lines. With the province having recently held elections, the soldiers there are unwilling to give in so easily and have declared their allegiance to the Romanian state and now desperately fight for protection as conflict erupts. The Russian army on the Romanian front has now begun to completely collapse and is now fleeing northwards, and many of them are fighting with both Romanians and Ukrainians in their attempt to get home. Bessarabia later called upon France to intervene in the conflict, to which a positive response is considered likely.

    The Bolshevik noose tightens around the capitalist throat!

    Elsewhere in Russia we have come to see more news and developments come to light, particularly in Moscow where the esteemed and brilliant commander of the Red Guards Mikhail Frunze there has made a name for himself by shelling the Kremlin and forcing many of the students inside to surrender or flee as it became apparent that help was not forthcoming. Eventually after many more hours of shelling, the Bolshevik forces stormed the Kremlin and seized control, arresting (or shooting) the remaining holdouts and marching them to prison. It has been lauded as a major victory for the Bolsheviks, although loyalist forces still continue to hold out in many parts of the city and outlying countryside. Attempts by Frunze to push out have been endlessly delayed, especially in the wake of munition and food shortages. Some of the units (being only locals fighting for their particular soviet) are unwilling to carry on further and have started the work of looting the city, making mobilization difficult.

    In Petrograd, the Krasnov offensive has not only utterly collapsed, but the general himself was captured too! Kerensky was reported as running away (again) and with the opposition in disarray the Bolsheviks now march on Minsk to drive them out for good. Baku fell to the revolutionaries today as well, and Vladivostok is under firm control of party allies, although large parts of the far east and the Trans-Siberian railway around Transbaikal have fallen to the counter-revolution. The pro-bolshevik “Bladed Rebellion” is thus unable to capitalise on their gains in Vladivostok. Back in the west, Nizhiny Novogord is the next target for the Red Guards, whose numbers grow and strengthen with each passing day. This newfound strength is what convinces Lenin to reject demands from Kamenev, Vynnychenko, and Frunze to create a coalition government with the other socialist parties, whose major bargaining chip was lost after the Kerensky offensive. The Vikzhel railway union continues to support this move however, and has postponed strike actions until negotiations with the Bolsheviks are undertaken several days from now. While the Union is pro-soviet, it is very much opposed to the Bolshevik monopoly on power and many of the rank and file members are itching to take immediate and direct action.
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    A letter from Mikhail Frunze to Vladimir Lenin, shortly after the successive bolshevik victories in Petrograd and Moscow.

    To my dear comrades in Petrograd, and the most glorious leader of this revolution!

    Good news and tidings from Moscow. The Kremlin is officially and effectively in our hands, and as I write this, I have just received news of your success in Petrograd. It seems that our efforts have born real fruit, and we are going from strength to strength! Please, offer the workers and soldiers of the revolution situated with you my congratulations!

    As we experience our victories however, I feel like I have to offer my views on a certain question; that of the Mesheviks, and other non-Bolshevik leftists.

    Whether you and I believe what we do is right is of little matter right now. We're the enfant terrible of not merely Europe, but the world at large. Any nation with money to spare spares it to the Whites. We're fighting our own ethnic kin, and although I have no doubt we will be triumphant in the end, we must consider making allies where they are offered. The simple fact that these other leftists have offered their hand and arms in the revolution is nothing short of a miracle, and it'd be folly to simply ignore it. I cannot dictate your policy or views, and let it be known that my duty to the revolution will fade only in death, but I strongly urge you, great leader, to consider compromising and working with the Mensheviks, even if it's only for as long as we need to. Once Russia is under our total control and the proletariat are free, we will be able to judge more freely how these half-hearted and uncommitted fellows should be treated.

    Long live the Bolsheviks, the Union, and the Proletariat.

    Mikhail Frunze.

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    After Action Report regarding rebel raid on Vladivostok docks, early November, 1917

    Over the course of a few nights, Bladed Rebellion fighters regularly infiltrated the docks of Vladivostok's military ports and began smuggling arms, munitions and food away from White forces. Roughly 3 days had passed before the militiamen were caught. A firefight ensued around midnight, November 11.



    Order of Battle
    Rebels
    • 15~ Infantrymen armed with rifles/pistols

    Loyalists
    • 19~ Infantrymen armed with rifles
    • 1 Maxim Machine Gun

    23:40-2:15, November 11-12, 1917
    Taken by surprise, the rebel militiamen were fired upon by loyalist guards, killing one and wounding another. The rebels, carrying boxes of food meant for the naval forces still near the port, took cover near a storage shed. A firefight began, and the loyalists attempted to overcome the rebels that they had surrounded.

    With the cover of night, the rebels were able to avoid being seen and flee the docks with some contraband. A handful of rebels remained to cover their escape. However, those that stayed behind were engaged by a Maxim gun that had been wheeled towards the firefight, and were killed quickly.

    Sporadic gunfire continued for hours, but most of the rebels had managed to escape.

    Casualties
    Rebels: 7 killed, 2 wounded
    Loyalists: 2 killed, 5 wounded

    Captured Contraband
    • x6 Mosin-Nagant Rifles
    • x750 7.62x54
    • x10 Model 1914 hand grenades
    • x2 Boxes of rations

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    Some of the last soldiers of the Russian army, holding out against the German Empire.
    Viipurilehti (Viborg paper) 1/11/1917 (November 14, 1917 New Style)

    Bolshevik control spreads as loyalists flee.

    With the failure of General Krasnov (now captured and held by the Bolsheviks) to retake Petrograd, much of the rest of the country is quickly being swallowed up as Red Guards and other sympathetic parties (including Ukrainians) move rapidly. Loyalists of the regime (now nicknamed whites at times) flee from all of the major cities as they fall to Bolshevik rule and are now starting to organise themselves in the countryside. Many of them (such as Denikin and Kornilov) are former Russian generals, who are rounding up supporters as they head for areas considered more hospitable to the old regime. Tashkent fell to the Bolsheviks today, while now a major offensive on the newly declared Crimean Republic is underway by an allied force of Ukrainians and Bolsheviks. While many generals of the Russian army have joined the Whites, several of them have chosen to side with the new regime – most notably Wrangel (who now leads the Russian Free Corps in a major assault on the Crimean peninsula).

    The Chita Republic has been expanding rapidly – buoyed by earlier success – as they use the railways to move westwards. Today they reached Irkutsk and laid siege to the city, in addition also cutting off the railways into the city. The Bolshevik Red Guards (lacking military experience and equipment) have telegraphed for help and have conscripted locals to build defences, but with supplies limited it remains to be seen for how long they can hold out. Semyonov reportedly threatened to invade Mongolia and has ordered Sternberg to mass a number of troops on the border. The Bogd Khan was reportedly shaken by the show of force and asked to open negotiations with Semyonov. The Republic of China has declared that they will intervene and Duan Qirui promised to show force, but with the Republic dealing with warlordism it is unlikely it can follow up on this offer anytime soon.

    Ukraine continues their bloody war for independence as it attempts to seize Bessarabia and Crimea from their respective fledgling independence movements. After a failed assault on Bessarabia, the Ukrainian government declared it would end the offensive and “recognise” Bessarabia. Such leniency was not shown to Crimea however, as thousands of Ukrainian patriots broke through Crimean lines and began marching for the capital. The new government is already in panic and has telegrammed the western powers for assistance, but to no avail. By the end of the day, most of Crimea was being subdued by Wrangels cavalrymen. In a further boost to morale the Ukrainian government was officially recognised by the Bolsheviks as being independent today by diplomatic secretary Trotsky, and later on Vynnychenko held a speech in which he announced the creation of a draft constitution (to come to effect in February) and elections planned for April soon after (although the borders of the new state are very much in question and considerably fluid). Having now concluded the matter at hand, he ordered “return to order” as soon as possible and immediately asked the western militia forces to march north on Minsk where they will meet up with the Bolsheviks for a coordinated assault on the city.

  24. Post #64
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    Red and White forces skirmish to the north of Minsk
    Петрогра́д газета (Petrograd paper) 2/11/1917 (November 15, 1917 New Style)

    The new regime triumphant!

    It pains us to inform our readers that due to our criticism of the Bolshevik regime, that recently our editor was arrested and put on trial, with a potential for life imprisonment. However, at the last moment the trial was ended due to overreach by one of the commissars and our editor was released! Since then we have been advised to write on activities which showcase the positive aspects of the new regime and the dangers of the counter-revolution which threatens Soviet power.

    At present Ukrainian militias are boldly seizing back control of Crimea from the Whites, who have lost complete control of the peninsula and are now under siege in Sevastopol. Ukrainian forces, while steady and victorious, have been slow to capture the rest of the peninsula due to lack of manpower (all able-bodied men are being encouraged to enlist as we speak). Talk of sympathetic rebellion in Novorissiysk has been heard, with partisans organised by Bolsheviks attempting to seize local facilities.

    The remainder of the Ukrainian and allied Bolshevik forces now march north, where a grand parade is being organised in Kiev to celebrate victory for independence (rumours of desertion due to exhaustion are patently false). The Russian Free Corps is not party to these celebrations, and is instead heading west with stated goals of “recovering Minsk”. Many brave Red Guards are now taking up positions to the north and east of the city, where (supported by Latvian and Estonian rifles) they prepare to close off avenues of escape and to break the last major resistance in the west.

    Due to a shortage of reporters, time, and sundry matters unrelated to the authorities but more the counter-revolution, we have been unable to report much more on ongoing events.
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