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Rostov in the Russian Civil War 1917-1920 Brain Murphy "Under the Bolshevik Reign of Terror"by Rhoda Power
You might call it "Caught in the Revolution in Rostov" Powers went on to work for the BBC 

I will probably read this book one day. If I can get it by ILL

I have some comments it looks like WW II starts in 1938 for those who would like to know what might have happened if war had started in 1938:

Forum.axis What If? section post 9 Feb 2017 Retrospective WI Czech War of 1938

The book "The Collective What IF?" chapter The War of 1938. (spoiler the Germans are defeated)

This book also has a chapter No Finnland Station what would have happened to Russia if Lenin had not shown up

The trailer of the movie 1917 is out it will be out later this year.

4 has the 1916 book "The Jews in the Eastern War Zone" lets just say it wasn't fun being Jewish in Eastern Europe in WW I. One will note that Russian newspapers form the period are major sources of Jewish mistreatment.

correction it should be FFA 4b (Bavarian)

There is a book out "The Great War's Finest An Operational History of the German Air Service Volume 1 Western Front 1914" by matt Bowden It is a fine work on the German air service pre war and with its operations in the West in 1914 and how well it preformed. It looks like the author has more books on the German Air Service in the works. I will let you know when they come out.

Grif if you have any other info on Alexandra's or one of the other hospital trains belonging to the IF being bombed post it here and if you have a date and location I might be able to ID the unit that did it.

When the first of the great 1918 Offensives launched by the German Army began on 21 March 1918 that were supposed to win the war for Germany. I would say most of the German and Allied leadership time were spent dealing with these actions. For awhile it looked like the Germans might win the war. So the fate of the Romanov's is way down on everyone's list of thing to do.

Stealing wrist watches I understand was common by Soviet soldiers in WW II. Allied POWs liberated by them sometimes even had their wrist watches stolen by them.

The Habsburgs / Re: Books on the Habsburgs
« on: June 28, 2019, 08:30:13 AM »
Drachinifel has a posting on the river monitor SMS Leitha built in 1872 and now restored as a museum ship in Budapest

I have some questions
Has anyone found out the date and location Maria's Hospital train came under attack in 1915?

The dates and locations of any other Hospital trains that came under air attack in WW I?

also I understand the hospial trains were numbered
No 1 was GDS Maria P the Elders
Nos 2-7 where Alexandra and OTMAA
I have Olga Ns was no 4 how about the others?

Tsarskoe Selo Town / Re: Maps of Tsarskoe Selo
« on: June 24, 2019, 04:45:33 PM »
Does anyone know where the village of Bolashaya Kuzmino is? It is near one of the railway stations in this area?

On the Russian Front in World War I by Stanley Washburn memoirs of a war correspondent in WW I written in 1939. He has other books by him online on Note he has some insites into Nicholas II and was a friend to Queen Marie of Rumania.

On wrist watches it is hard to tell if OTMA are wearing them since they wore long sleeves and wore gold bracelets. They killers would have taken their watches when they striped their bodies since watches were valuable in Russia at this time since the country had fallen into chaos.

You also mention antibiotics in the book. I don't think they were invented until after WW I see Reinhard Heydrich wiki bio which mentions anti batrical drugs that were invented post WW I

Having Fun! / Re: IF Theme songs?
« on: June 19, 2019, 09:44:30 AM »
Nicholas II there is a country and western song with a line "...if it wasn't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all..."

Olga N who had lots of crushes on men "Help Me!" (I think I'm falling in love again..) by Joni Mitchell

Anastasia N, what  else "Girls Just want to Have fun" by Cyndi Lauper

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

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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