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The book does strongly suggest that Loscheck did not tell the whole truth.

Loscheck claimed to have heard two shoots some time after he met Rudolf shortly after six, but rigor mortis showed that Mary had already been dead for several hours before the bodies were found. So the first shot was fired some time during the night. How was it that Loscheck did not hear it (a revolver shot in the same building is quite enough to wake someone up), or, if he heard it, did not get up to investigate?

Ann

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A very big question!!!

Without Lenin's example, it is entirely possible that the German governmental structure would not have collapsed in the way it did in November 1918. Bear in mind that it was not only the Kaiser's monarchy which disappeared, but every other monarchy in the country. By no means all the other rulers were regarded as personally culpable in the same way as the Kaiser. The Crown Prince fled to Holland at the same time as the Kaiser, but was not granted political asylum beforehand and so was interned by the Dutch for a period. He did not return to Germany until 1923.

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Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: The "suitability" of royal wives
« on: February 13, 2018, 02:54:35 AM »
The irony is that Margaret of Prussia subsequently had no fewer than six healthy sons, including two sets of twins.

Helene also had two healthy sons, though the elder died at 44, apparently from a combination of TB and malaria.

Ann

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Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: The "suitability" of royal wives
« on: February 12, 2018, 08:15:54 AM »
While Alexandra was 'suitable' in terms of lineage, Nicholas's parents were clearly concerned about her character and ability to carry out the role of an Empress, perhaps also about the risk of haemophilia. They sought other brides for Nicholas - Margaret of Prussia and Helene of Bourbon-Orleans, and only accepted Alexandra very shortly before Alexander's death.

Ann

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Having Fun! / Re: Romanov story
« on: February 10, 2018, 04:23:01 AM »
I referred to meeting the Czechs because they were the nearest White troops to Ekaterinburg.

I like James's idea of a Czech speaking English with a Brooklyn accent!

Ann

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The Windsors / Re: Prince Henry/Prince Harry of Wales
« on: February 09, 2018, 02:57:16 AM »
Sussex gets all the mentions in the press, but the Queen may surprise us.

Whatever dukedom Harry gets, he will also get an earldom and a barony from the other two kingdoms. For example, the Duke of Kent (England) is also Earl of St Andrews (Scotland) and Baron Downpatrick (N. Ireland).

Ann

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Having Fun! / Re: Romanov story
« on: February 09, 2018, 02:53:03 AM »
James

All this sounds ideal.

Ann

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I have just finished reading the book and was very impressed. The conclusion is realistic, giving a detailed context for murder and suicide, and all the conspiracy theories are comprehensively debunked.

Ann

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The Myth and Legends of Survivors / Re: Testing of Paternal (Nuclear) DNA
« on: February 06, 2018, 02:39:13 PM »
As I understand it, at the time the bodies were discovered and tested, mDNA testing was the only kind available for testing bones. I'm not sure whether that is still the case.

Obviously Lochlanach is right that YDNA passes exclusively down the male line.

Ann

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Having Fun! / Re: Romanov story
« on: February 06, 2018, 02:35:25 PM »
I think our party would be wondering what he had died from, and whether it was something infectious.

If it had been dysentery or typhoid, then the evidence would be there, but I'm assuming that you are thinking along the lines of a heart attack or similar.

Ann

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Having Fun! / Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
« on: February 06, 2018, 02:32:04 PM »
THanks.

We get plenty of musical accompaniment from local bands as well as military bands. There is a specific Nijmegen March.

Ann

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Having Fun! / Re: Romanov story
« on: February 06, 2018, 02:15:58 PM »
Blush!

I do a fair amount of long-distance walking, and though I seem to have fairly good feet for it, in that I don't get many blisters, I have seen plenty of fit people practically crippled by them. My worst troubles involve my little toes - my feet are very wide and they get squashed. Result - wrap-round blisters and nails coming off!

The only way to prepare for long walks is to walk - in the shoes and socks you are going to use and gradually increasing the distances. Provided their boots fit properly, then Dimitri and Ivan will probably be all right, but the girls will suffer 

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Having Fun! / Re: Romanov story
« on: February 04, 2018, 08:17:46 AM »
Another point to bear in mind is that the girls have been confined in very small areas for almost a year, so they won't have been able to do much walking. Their feet will therefore be soft and prone to blisters. Olga and Tatiana have lost a good deal of weight, some of which will have come off their feet, so their shoes don't fit properly, making matters worse.

Ann

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Having Fun! / Re: Romanov story
« on: February 04, 2018, 02:38:06 AM »
Tatiana and co will find a still for the moonshine in one of the outhouses. There are a couple of bottles ready to drink, and more in production.  May be useful to take a couple of sharp knives away with them in addition to the items James suggests.

They will be able to cut a walking stick for Tatiana from a branch. As to their general condition, the girls initially keep going on adrenaline, but when that runs out they will find things very hard, and the differences in physical condition will really start to show. THere will also be arguments between them when one wants to stop for a while and the others want to push on.

The Czech Legion was only a week from Ekaterinburg at the time of the murders, and distant artillery fire could be heard from the Ipatiev House. If they keep going north-eastwards, as James suggests, they will eventually reach the battle zone between the Czechs and the Reds, where they will need to be extra careful. Eventually, they reach a Czech patrol and are able to identify themselves. What insignia will the Czechs be wearing? I imagine they will be clothed in a motley mixture of Austro-Hungarian uniforms, civilian clothes and bit of Russian uniform, but will have distinctive badges. THey will be able to communicate with our party in German.

Just a thought. Instead of an arrow in the leg, Tatiana puts her foot into a trap.

Hope that helps

Ann


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Having Fun! / Re: Romanov story
« on: February 01, 2018, 05:37:27 AM »
I agree with James about the shirts - you can always say that fortunately the peasant was not a big man, so that his shirts were a reasonable fit on Olga and Tatiana.

They should also be able to find a rucksack in this cabin, otherwise all these useful items are going to be hard to carry comfortably.

How are they finding their way? Forests are difficult to navigate in unless you have a good map and a compass - all the paths look the same. If Dimitri and Ivan were doing a rescue mission they would have maps and compasses and know how to use them. You can find north by the sun using the hands of an analogue watch, but that depends on being able to see the sun. what about the weather? From what I've read, Ekaterinburg is hot in summer, but there are periodic thunderstorms in which the heavens open.

Ann

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