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I got hold of a copy and read it good OTMA fiction. I do have some errata:
"Pearl Handled Pistol" on pages 134 and 306 I don't think so Olga's pistol would not have had them. I would say there would be few pearl handled pistols in Europe at this time. Even in the US a pearl handled pistol would be in the hands of pimps or tin horn gamblers.

Motor in Tobolsk I don't think there were any at this time when the IF arrived page 159

Wrist watches page 370 I don't think the IF or any of the people still with them would of had one in the house of Special Purpose. Pocket Watches yes see LDR. Note wearing a wrist watch did not become popular until WW I.

I hope this is of some use

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Having Fun! / Re: IF Theme songs?
« on: June 11, 2019, 07:37:17 AM »
Nicholas and Alexandra "Love will Keep us together" by Captain and Tenille
The IF in Captivity "Help!" by the Beatles

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Drachinifel on youtube presentations on Russian ships:
Gangut
Tsarevich
Potemkin
Circular warships (which operated in the Black sEa not the baltic)
Yacht Livadia
Slava (There is an article in Over The front Magazine Vol 30-1 "Attack on the Slava" written by me on the air attacks ect on the Slava errata the Russian 4 engine bomber the IM-6 one source has it damaged beyond repair others say it wasn't. I know people are saying good grief! He is crictizing his own article!?)

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Imperial Transportation / Re: Livadia: Russian Imperial Yacht
« on: May 25, 2019, 08:07:10 PM »
on youtube there are presintations at
drachinifel:
Russian Circular warships (which operated in the BLACK sea not the Baltic)
Livadia

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Imperial Russian History / Re: The Legacy of Nicholas II
« on: May 25, 2019, 08:02:14 PM »
two presentations on the National WW I museum and Memorial that apply:
Between a Rock and a Hard Place on the problems faced by autocratic regimes
Armageddon the Modern Middle east which deals with the results of WW I
as well as others that deal with WW I in the east

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The Habsburgs / Re: Books on the Habsburgs
« on: May 25, 2019, 07:57:51 PM »
on youtube:
drachinifel has the following on the KUK navy:
The Battle of Lissa Special (where the Austrians defeated the inept Italians)
Telethoff class battleships
Radetzky class battleships

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Having Fun! / Re: Then and now (Locations, clothes, etc)
« on: May 18, 2019, 05:34:29 PM »
I made a post on this on the axis history forum forum.axishistory.com The Soviet Union at War 1917-1945 and got a reply: For the official entrances of Tsar Nicholas II and family 1854-55 memorial
the chapel was bult in 1912-1914 to comemerate the Romanov tercentury located on the site of a church destroyed during the defense of Sevastopol 1954-55 near the barracks of the 37th Naval Regiment. The church was demolished in 1928. The source the reply used was in Russian and I don't read the language. I hope this is of some interest and use. I think i have seen this film clip before.

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Imperial Russian History / Re: The Legacy of Nicholas II
« on: May 18, 2019, 03:47:18 PM »
Nicholas and Alexandra have been blasted for there relations to Rasputin. Emperor Franz Joesph  routinely had breakfast with an actress Katherina Schratt see their wiki bios. According to the World Crises the Eastern Front by Winston S Churchill page 24-25 she was his newspaper on what was going on this book is on archive.org. Also see the miniseries the fall of Eagles. Some high ups weren't happy about this but no one as as hate full to her as some Russians were to Rasputin.

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Imperial Russian History / Re: The Legacy of Nicholas II
« on: May 11, 2019, 07:15:33 PM »
Both Nicholas and Alexandra did not realize the value of self promotion. They had thousands of servants but I don't think they had a press office. Alexandra and Rasputin were on the recieving end of a smear campaign and they just could not contain it or "spin" their way out of it. It didn't help matters that the DEMF and Maria P the elder both turned their gossip machines loose on Alexandra in 1915. I also find it odd that no member of the Romanov family met with Rasputin and gave a newspaper interview saying Rasputin is not a bad man ect.

The Brusilov Offensive was a great victory for the Russian Army. What people forget it was won at heavy cost to the Russians. By the end of 1916 the Russian Army was at the breaking point. Many men in it felt they were not getting anywhere and that they could not defeat the Germans. This was made worse by short rations and wartime inflation. Add to this was a anti-war and anti-government propaganda campaign being waged by the Bolsheviks, the SRs and others in part paid for by the Germans which helped undermine morale. Meanwhile on the home front inflation and shortages and the breakdown of the Russian rail system were realing hurting the people.

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The Windsors / Re: Edward and Sophie, Earl and Countess of Wessex
« on: May 11, 2019, 06:21:17 PM »
In the book "Her Majesty" by Robert Hardman it mentions Prince Edward being contacted to be King of Estonia!? Which he declined. Looking at what happened to his father's family this sounds like a smart move. Who knows some fiction writer on this site might write about what would have happened if he did accept the Estonian throne

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Imperial Russian History / Re: The Legacy of Nicholas II
« on: May 11, 2019, 05:58:19 PM »
What is even more unbelievable when the Austrians went to war in 1914 many of their leaders thought they were going to lose!?

I would like to point out that for Russia to have to fight a war in 1914 would be like the US having to fight a major war around 1981. The country and military were still in bad shape do to the Vietnam war.

If Alexandra was a liability the rest of the Romanovs could hardly be called assets. The Grand Dukes got to a series of divorces, and other personal problems that hurt the monarchy.

Grand Duke Alexei M the Grand Admiral of the Russian navy during the Russo-Japanese war deserves much blame for the really poor performance of the Russian navy in this war.

Grand Duke Nicholas N proved to be a mediocre at best army commander during the 1914-15 period. He does deserve the blame for the defeats suffered by the Russian army in the 1914-15 period and needed to be relieved. And it was his wife who introduced Rasputin to Nicholas and Alexandra.

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Imperial Russian History / Re: The Legacy of Nicholas II
« on: May 03, 2019, 07:31:48 PM »
True Russia had a whole lot of economic, social and political problems coming from a almost medieval agricultural state to a 1900s industrial state in a few decades. Few if any in the Russian government understood what was going on. The defeat at Port Arthur and the other defeats of the Russo-Japanese war were the straws that broke the camels back so to speak. Adding to the problems the government was archaic, corrupt and bureaucratic. Nicholas II being a micromanager didn't help matters. The truth is it would have taken a military and political genius to have gotten Russia through this trouble which Nicholas II was not. One should also point out he was not a total idiot either.

Also government was autocratic enough to antagonize many people but not nasty enough to put the fear of god in to them so to speak and by 1900 many people have had enough.

Beside the Russo-Japanese war the Crimean war was also a disaster for Russia and the Romanovs. Add to this the defeats of WW I convinced many people the monarchy was unfit to rule Russia.

To Have recovered form the Russo-Japanese War and 1905 revolution 1905-08 Russia needed at least 15-20 years Nicholas II and others realized this. They just did not get the time to recover when in 1914 WW I began. Sadly just as Russia started a major Army expansion and reorganization plan that would have on paper at least made Russia a military super power in 1917. The Germans and Austrians realized this and hence used the Assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand as an excuse to start WW I.

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In looking through the wiki bios ect of the Dutch Royal Family I noticed the birthday of Catharina-Amalia princess of Orange 7 December 2003 and remembered were I had seen her birth notice on combinedfleet.com the Imperial Japanese navy page posted by one of the Dutch members I believe. Note this is the date of the Pearl harbor Attack if you are American or Hawaii operation if you are Japanese. No doubt many people will have no problems remembering her birthday!

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Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Alexandra - Slandered and Hated
« on: May 03, 2019, 07:03:51 PM »
Someone needs to write a new updated bio of Alexandra like Douglas Smith did for Rasputin and go back to original sources. Why because some authors have a habit of blaming her for everything. This includes Smith.

Examples:
Kokovtsov the Prime Minister has Alexandra saying "You are taking too much trouble to honor the memory of your predecessor and you're giving him too much importance." On Stolypin after he was Assassinated.
Buxhouveden in her book "Before the Storm" page 279 has Alexandra writing to her sister Victoria "his Loss is an irreparable one" on Stolypin assassination

On her patients Maria P in her book "Education of a Princess" has her being unable to connect with the patients at the hospital she was working.

Buxhouveden in her books "Before the Storm" and "The Life and Tragedy of Alexandra Feodorvna Empress of Russia" has getting along well with them.
griffh on his post on her war relieve work says she received a lot of thank you letters.


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Conspirator Lenin in Exile by Helen Rappaport

A fine book on what Lenin was doing in the years before 1917

errata ect
page 294 should be Southwestern Front not Southwestern army
page 249 General Mikhail Alekseev was the chief of Staff not Commander of the Southwestern front

also
for more on Japanese Colonel Motojirio Akashi and his financing of the 1905 revolution see the book "The Tide at Sunrise"
Vladimir Lenin's sister maria worked as a nurse on a Russian hospital train in WW I from my notes from the Book "Russia's Sisters of Mercy in the great War"

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