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John Bott is doing the Kaiserschalacht-twitter
@CrownPrinceRupp on the German view of the 1918 offensives
@Kaiser's Battle

I put this on Holltzoren (sic) section and decided to put it here as well

Recently I read the book "Russia's sisters of Mercy in the Great war" by Laurie Stoft I would say it is the book on Russia's nurses in WW I has an account of a nurse that worked on a hospital train. Also Lenin's sister Maria was a nurse in WW I among other stuff.

The Hohenzollern / Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
« on: March 22, 2018, 10:00:38 PM »
21 march 2018 is the centennial of the beginning of the Kaiserschalacht (Emperor's battle AKA Operation Michael. The first of the great 1918 German offensives that was supposed to win the war for Germany.

On the Great war forum Western front section there is a post:


@CrownPrince Rupp

if you want to follow the events of these offensive the last twitter @CrownPrinceRupp is by the author of the Book "Haig's Enemy"  a bio of the Bavarian Crown Prince who was one of the leading German Generals on the Western front

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Aleksei Photos III
« on: March 21, 2018, 04:41:41 PM »
more Alexei pics: has the book "With the Russian Armies 1914-1917" Alfred Knox Volume 2 page 401 is a picture Alexei, his father and others. I think it was taken in the October-November 1915 period not he Spring of 1916 General Ivanov who is in the picture was fired in march 1916.

The US Navy History and heritage command has a few pictures of Nicholas and Alexei go to the photo section and type in Tsar Nicholas II and:
NH100134 12 may 1916 Nicholas II and Alexei visiting the battleship Imperatritsa Maria at Sevastopol

NH100162 14 may 1916 Nicholas II and Alexei visiting the seaplane base at Kruge Bay Sevastopol OTMA were there as well

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Aleksei Photos III
« on: March 14, 2018, 04:08:00 PM »
reply 27 and 28 photos look like the may 1916 Sevastopol visit

reply 444 picture with the seaplane it look like the may 1916 Sevastopol visit where the whole IF except Alexandra visited a seaplane base. If I could get  a better view of the seaplane I might be able to ID it

replys 160 and 201 In reading the book "Alexei the Last Imperial Heir" I believe it mentions a photo taken where Alexei lounges around like one of the guards with a fake cigarette in his mouth

 Any pictures with airplanes or ships in them post them and I might be able to ID them

Having Fun! / Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« on: March 14, 2018, 03:52:50 PM »
Looks good!

Back to the story:
The Moscow morgue a body is laying on a table covered by a sheet in walks a man in a medical white coat followed by a tall woman wearing black leather coat over a sharply tailored officers uniform followed by a man in a suit wearing glasses. The man in the white coat pulls the sheet of the top half of the body.
Woman: It is comrade Medvedev
Man in suit: we found his body in an ally he had been striped naked and we did not know who he was. We have lots of murders these days.
Man in white coat turns body on side
Man in suit: He has been shot in the back twice. We have recovered the bullets and they look like 3 line bullets possibly from a Browning.
Woman: The Cheka is now in charge of this investigation. Do you have any witnesses?
Man in suit: No but we still looking for some.
Woman: All witnesses any other evidence are to be handed over to me as soon as possible.
Man in suit; Yes comrade
Woman: Now we at the cheka need to figure out how many hostages we need to shoot in reprisal.

(scene fades)

Having Fun! / Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« on: March 13, 2018, 06:42:57 PM »
Monday evening near a tram stop in Moscow Natalia is waiting on one side of a street leading from it while Mikhail is on the other side. Then a man in a Black leather coat with a service cap with a red star on it gets off a tram car that just pulled up and starts walking down the sidewalk towards Natalia It's Medvedev. As he passes her she starts to follow him. She sticks her hand into a Russian army bread bag closes the distance between them. At close range she fires two shots into his back from a Browning pistol fitted with a improvised surpressor.  Medvedev staggers walks over to a lamppost to steady himself slips and falls on his back. Natalia continues to walk on when she gets to the next corner she turns and starts walking at a faster pace. meanwhile, a few people start to gather around Medvedev wondering what's wrong with him not hearing any shots. Someone notices some blood and they all flee. Natalia continues to walk at a fast pace down the sidewalk takes another turn and keeps walking she periodically makes a quick look behind her and keeps walking after walking about half a verst she stops at a street corner and waits a few minutes later Mikhail shows up and they both walk back to the refuge camp where they celebrate with by drinking a cup of tea and cooking and eating for them a fairly nice meal.
 Meanwhile after it got dark two men dragged Medvedevs body into a back ally and striped it.

Having Fun! / Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« on: March 13, 2018, 06:17:08 PM »
back to our story:
Bylinkin continues to wait on the street corner periodically looking at his old pocket watch. After awhile he walks over to Nikifor
Bylinkin: It looks like no one else is coming lets see if we can get some else to eat and head home.
They head towards the Black market, passing a number of ragged thin looking people heading away with bags of food, they also pass store after boarded up store.
 later at their safe house they are siting around eating in a small backroom empty except their belongings and some blankets.
Bylinkin: Feliks has a job repairing train engines what do you have that he can use to really fix them?
Nikifor: I have 3 lumps of coal that have bombs in them.
Bylinkin: Good!
Nikifor: I also have some long delay fuses to attach to the explosives that he can set in a ammo train causing it to blow up a few days alter. he knows about putting dirt in gearboxes and how to clog up a lubricating line. I have been doing some thinking.
Bylinkin : What about?
Nikifor: When or If Galina and Zakhar get here why don't we send them on to Tambor and get Lisitsyn and then they can head to Denikin's lines
Bylinkin: I was thinking the same thing. I am also thinking of leaving Feliks and Angelika behind as agents. I know it is risky but their jobs could provide us with all sorts of information.
Nikifor: Sounds good!
Bylinkin: I am also planning on sending Mikhail and Natalia back to Siberia with information for the Admiral after we have taken care of a few of these scoundrels. We will then head for Astrakhan and take care of Kabanov then head for Denikin.
Nikifor; good! We need to kill these bastards and be gone. If we stay here to long we may get picked up by the Cheka or run out of money and starve.
Bylikin: true! I find it hard to believe things are so bad in Moscow compared to when I last saw the place early last year.
Nikifor: I agree! The sooner our armies get here and drive out these scum the better.

Having Fun! / Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« on: March 13, 2018, 05:18:26 PM »
I would say it would be possible for someone to sneak into a government building and make a call on a telephone when someone wasn't watching or walk in and ask to use the telephone for official business.

Moscow from 1917 to 1920 the population dropped by one half. In Petrograd the population dropped by 2/3s
Food was hard to find people were starving the only way to get enough extra food was on the black market brought in by bagmen who the Cheka spent a great deal of time hunting down and arresting. Bolshevik economic policies cause much of these problems.
People left in Moscow were often starving.
Inflation was terrible
Crime was rampant
Most men walked around Moscow wearing parts of army uniforms. Besides what was left over from the old Russian army many soldiers in the red army often soldier their uniforms and equipment for food.
Most stores except for a few that sold government supplied or issued items were closed. The black market was booming.
The Bolshevik government many departments just didn't work that well
you will here more on this

Thanks Margarita.

On Lenin's 2 Rolls-Royces that are still around in museums one he got from a unknown Russian Prince? There is a company called Reviresco that makes a model of it see in both summer and winter configurations. The other one he bought in 1922. Plastic soldier review .com say there was a company named Atlantic that made a set of figures from the Russian Revolution period that included a figure of Lenin. I think I read somewhere Lenin did use Nicholas IIs Delauny-Bellville for awhile.

Having Fun! / Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« on: March 12, 2018, 08:59:34 AM »
I would say in Moscow in 1919 about the only place you would find a telephone that was working would be a government building and about the only people who you could call would be someone in another government building.

Having Fun! / Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« on: March 10, 2018, 04:14:38 PM »
Here is some more of Rod of Iron Next Sunday

Bylinkin is waiting on a street corned watching for his contacts and the Cheka down the street in a abandoned building a black market operation is going on. There are people passing him coming and going to buy and sell about 100 meters away was his partner Nikifor. he the spots Natalia wearing her old ragged coat.
 They meet and go to a nearby ally and he gives her a hug.
Bylinkin: How was your trip? Where Mikhail?
Natalia: the trip wasn't too bad. We got here Thursday. Mikhail is back down the street a little ways in case this is a trap. We traveled to Moscow with a group of refugees and have registered with the Tsentroplenbezh, the organization that handles refugees. We are now living with them in an old warehouse. We are both looking for jobs and food. The Bolsheviks don't feed refugees too well.
Bylinkin: I glad you both made it! The Bolsheviks don't feed anyone very well. half of Moscow is starving! I have this list of names and addresses of some of our targets. memorize and destroy
Natalia takes the list looks at it and puts it in the front of her dress
Natalia: Friday I spotted Medvedev while job hunting
Bylinkin: Are you sure its him?
Natalia: Positive! I would know that bastard any where. I would like to try and kill him tomorrow, Monday.
Bylinkin: (pauses) Do it! and take Mikhail with you.
Natalia: I will
Bylinkin; I wish you both luck. have you seen any of the others?
Natalia: No
Bylinkin: well then get going. Wensday I will be at the Liberty Street corner and next Sunday I will be back here. Be seeing you.
Natalia: I hope so
They hug again and they both leave the ally she goes and meets up with Mikhail and they leave He goes back to his street corner
30 minutes pass Then He spots Feliks and Angelika they meet up go into the ally and Bylinkin hugs both of them.
Bylinkin: How was your trip? any problems?
Angelika: We didn't have any problems we arrived in Moscow late wendsday. and I contacted a uncle and aunt of mine. They provided us with a room to sleep and helped us both get jobs. I am going to be working as a secretary for the supreme economic council and Feliks is going to work at the rail yard repairing locomotives.
Bylinkin: this is good but very risky
angelika: My uncle is a Bolshevik party member and works with the Komprod the Commisariat of supply. I haven't told him we are spys. He thinks we are married
Bylinkin : I don't like this
Angelika: No one knows I am a spy. I haven't even told my parents who are in vladavostok. Who are both left SRs. No doubt I can get information as a secretary and felikks can really fix some locomotives.
Bylinkin: All right. Here is a list of some of the names and addresses of our targets read and destroy. I will be here next Sunday and Wensday I will be on Liberty street. well we better get going. Be seeing you
Angelika and Feiks: By
They leave the ally Bylinkin goes back to the street corned while the other two leave.

to be continued

Having Fun! / Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« on: March 10, 2018, 01:04:59 PM »
other books you find interesting
Rise and Kill First Renen Bergmann on the Isreali hit operations
Malice Afterthought A History of Booby traps from World War I to Vietnam  Ian Jones
from Osprey
WW II Axis Booby traps and Sabotage tactics
WW II Allied sabotage devices and booby traps

A new presentation on youtube in the National WW I Museum and Memorial:
"Revolution: The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk" by Dr David Stone who has written other books on Russia and has a bio of Trotsky in the works

Imperial Transportation / Re: Imperial Train
« on: March 10, 2018, 12:55:36 PM »
The Imperial train was also used to transport the Root Mission back to Vladivostok according general Hugh Scott's memoirs "Some Memories of a Soldier" which is in

 also General William Judson mentioned in the last post also wrote:
"I am writing on a beautiful maple table on a dainty blue leather portfolio, feeling sorry for the sad and beautiful Tatia".(sic)

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