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Having Fun! / Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« on: October 08, 2018, 05:26:31 PM »
On youtube there are videos on "Driving a Model T Ford" a  for the time simple rugged reliable car that today looks like a nightmare to drive. I recently read in a magazine that the Lemay Collection of cars in Talcoma Washington was offering lessons on how to drive a Model T.

If anyone thinks a Model t is hard to drive the FWD (Four Wheel Drive) truck one of the most widely used 4 wheel drive trucks of the period. From what I have read is a real monster to drive according to people who drive restored examples. Steer wheel hard to turn, gears that don't shift and no suspension to speak of. With a top speed of 14 MPH.

Having Fun! / Re: Getting dressed
« on: October 08, 2018, 05:19:43 PM »
"Dressing in a 1914 fashion"

Getting dressed WW I Young Woman" It seems like OTMA were wearing the latest fashion in their wartime outdoor clothes

Here are three historical presentations:

Fortress: The Dawn of Total war in East-central Europe 1914-1915

Russia's Women Soldiers by Laurie Stoff who wrote the book "They Fought for the Motherland" on this topic this is a supplement for another

Caught in the Revolution by Helen Rappenport

Kaiser Wilhelm II is brought up in the book. Some more research should have been done on his role. First of all he was very weak politically in 1918. In fact he is spending his time trying to hang on to his throne. The behind the scenes ruler of Germany is General Erich Ludendorff. Wilhelm II and most of the rest of the German leadership didn't like Lenin and Co at all. They did like the treaty of Brest-Litovsk which was very good for Germany which no other Russian would have signed except Lenin and the Bolsheviks. So the Germans supported Lenin enough for him to hold on to power through out 1918. There was even talk of a German-Bolshevik alliance! There were Germans who did want to oust Lenin and Co but someone always found a way to veto their plans. So Lenin was able to survive and consolodate his power. See "The Russian Revolution" Richard Pipes. As for the German home front in WW I the book "Victory Must Be Ours deals with it. There is also the youtube presintation "Total War Comes to the Fatherland"

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Upcoming Books 2018
« on: September 29, 2018, 09:40:09 PM »
A book i just found out about: "Lady Sybil: Empire. War and Revolution" by Simon Boyd  this is a bio of a English woman who worked at the Anglo-Russian Hospital and gets caught in the Revolution.

Having Fun! / Re: Getting dressed
« on: August 28, 2018, 11:00:11 PM »
there are other videos on youtube that I have watched: "Dressing Edwardian lady" and " Dressing Elizabethan lady" and there are many others. lets say women really needed a maid or maids to help them dress. As for the VAD nurse remember these women had to work dressed like this.

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Upcoming Books 2016
« on: August 20, 2018, 05:59:44 PM »
Some other errata for the book "Caught in the Revolution" Some of the memoirs writers talk of police machine guns firing on crowds. This is one of the urban legends of the Feb/mar 1917 revolution. After this event the Provisional government held an investigation questioning ex-Minister of the  Interior Protopopov and War Minister Beliaev and many others and found there were no police machine gun detachments. An inventory of all the machine guns in the Petrograd area was done and they all belonged to army units. If any machine guns were on roof tops they were put there by Guards regiments. The rumors of police machine guns came about because Duma President Rodzianko accused Protopopov of diverting machine guns sent from England to police units to quell expected domestic disturbances. This is from the book "The End of the Russia Imperial Army" Allen Wildmen

There is a presentation on "Caught in the Revolution" by the Author on just look up her name and the title of the book

There were plans to get the IF out of Russia via the artic mentioned in this book. There is a book "Under the Black Ensign" RS Gwatkin-Williams on both and that deals with the author experiences up in the Artic during the 1916-1917 period. You can say he was also "Caught in the Revolution".  he mentions the ships operating up there
page 91 in the book The old battleship is the Glory and the cruiser ins the Vindictive.
page 160 mentions British submarines the book identifies them as the E39 and E44 and the author sailed with them back to the artic in April 1917 with his ship the crusier Intrepid and 2 trawlers.

There are plans in the book to get the IF out of Russia by submarine. in real life a British E class submarine would have been really cramped to transport NAOTMAA and Dr Botkin and their bags anywhere except for a really short distance. if the IF did get to Murmansk they probably would have been put on a cruiser for England nothing smaller could have taken them and the baggage and their entourage and their bags to England. Also there weren't that many U-boats operating in the Artic in 1917 and the Royal Navy could read the German U-boat codes. So any U-boat could have been aviaded

Having Fun! / Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« on: August 20, 2018, 05:25:12 PM »
The book "History's greatest heist" Sean Mcmeekin  also deals with how the Bolsheviks laundered there loot.

The GAZ built by Ford and AMO/Zis/Zil restored by A.J. Brandt Co turned out hundreds of thousands of trucks with out which the red army could not have fought WW II/GPW

There were people who tried to tell the world what monsters Lenin and Stalin were but they were often dismissed as liars or being pro-Nazi.

There have been rumors that US POWs from the Korean and Vietnam wars ended up in the USSR for intelligence purposes. We will never know the full story because I have read that a lot of the old gulag and Cheka records were destroyed.

The Wall Street Journal I believe pointed out some months ago that first lady Eleanor Roosevelt never wrote or said a bad word about Stalin. I believe they also pointed out some of her actions were a cause of a lot of high blood pressure in the US.

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: The Duma's Regency propsal
« on: August 20, 2018, 05:10:42 PM »
Olga was really too young to be regent for Alexei. If there had been a regency in Russia for Alexei it probably would have gone to GD Michael A or GD Nicholas N or there could even be a council of regents of members of the Romanov family, a general or two and a politician from the Duma.

Having Fun! / Re: Getting dressed
« on: August 19, 2018, 07:11:41 PM »
I am still very not very internet savy go to you tube and type in "Getting dressed WW I the VADs"

Having Fun! / Getting dressed
« on: August 13, 2018, 07:12:06 PM »
on youtube a stumbled on to a video "Getting Dressed WW I the VADs" which showed you what a VAD (Volunteer Aid Detachment) nurse wore. No doubt other women of the period also wore the same underneath. I thought some people of this site would be interested.

The Stuarts of Scotland / Re: Books/TV/Films about the Stuarts
« on: August 13, 2018, 05:40:55 PM »
The new Mary Queen of Scots movie will be out in December 2018

On King George V one thing we will not know is what his Prime minister Lloyd George said to him about the Romanovs during their weekly meetings. I understand those two did not get along that well when Lloyd George was Prime Minster. If you look at some of Lloyd George's dealing with Field Marshall Haig the British Expeditionary Force commander in France they make him look like a scheming backstabber. So for him to talk King George V out of letting the IF come to England is possible. I also believe Lloyd George made some anti-monarchist remarks when he was younger. So here is KGV the fall of the Romanovs really shocked him, there is talk of a Republic and trouble at in England, and WW I is not going well. So you can see why he would not want Nicholas and Alexandra coming to live in England.

Having Fun! / Re: Then and now (Locations, clothes, etc)
« on: August 13, 2018, 05:25:52 PM »
Have you ever thought of contacting "After the Battle" Magazine they do a lot of then and now stuff

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