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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

Having Fun! / Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« on: August 13, 2018, 05:18:56 PM »
You can't really blame the US workers who went to the USSR to work at GAZ and to their deaths. The US was in the middle of the Great depression and they were unemployed so they went to work in the USSR in order to survive and probably thought they will be back in the US in a few years time. I would like to point out a lot of what was written about the USSR in the early 1930s in the US was positive. After all Walter Duranty of the New York Times who won a Pulizer prize for his reporting in the USSR at this time saying  what a great place it was ect. See the book "Harvest of Sorrow" Robert Conquest.

As for Ambassador Davies he wrote a book about his experiences "Mission to Moscow" with the approval of President Roosevelt that praised Stalin highly ect. This book was a best seller and was made into a movie. One sometimes get the impression Roosevelt didn't really understand what sort of monster Stalin was.

Then besides all the "usefull idiots" there were a number of Americans who spied for the Soviets:
Venona Decoded Soviet Espionage in America TJ Haynes and H Kerr or see Operation Venona on wki
The Sword and the Shield Chris Andrew & Vasili Mitrokoiv

When I was in college there was a discussion about Red China in a class I was taking. I told the Professor that Mao murdered 20 million of his own people. The man looked at me with a stunned look on his face and said he did know that. After class I checked the Book "Terrorism from Robespirre to Arafat" and show him the figure. He and another college professor looked at the book and one said the figures might be off. I pointed out to him the book also mentions hitler killing 12 million people could that figure be off too. they finally agreed with me. Since then the real figure of Mao's murders is 35 to 60 million

If you go to youtube and look up Helen Rappaport you will find her in presentations discussing this and her other books

Note this is my first book review and now for the errata:

page 57 Louis XVI writing "Rein!" (nothing) in his diary. In a bio of him this was his hunting diary and he didn't go hunting that day

page 93 Norway-Sweden the author says "...must have cross country links.)" and odd statement A 1958 Hammond World Atlas I have shows at least 4 rail lines between the two countries. I would would say all or most were built pre WW I. The Narvik railway was completed in 1903 according to wiki. Some military supplies did get to Russia in WW I via Sweden. Also civilians and some military personel did go through Sweden and Norway during WW I. Note the Duma delagation including Alexander Protopopov went through Sweden in 1916 to England and back.

page 122 1st 3rd and 4th "Rifle Brigade" should be Guards Rifle regiments

page 133 photo th "American Supply Ship" from Janes Fighting Ships of WW I and wiki is the Cruiser Des Moines which left the US for Archangel on 11 April 1919 and returned to the US on 27 October 1919

Page 134 the Sumsky Hussars "an elite Cossack regiment" Hussars are not Cossacks in the Russian Army

page 195 you have Yakovlev being shot in 1928 which looks like a typo for 1938

page 332 the Handley Page V/1500 mentioned was too late for service in WW I see wiki

I just finished reading the new book "The Race To Save the Romanovs" by Helen Rappaport I must say it is a a fine well written book on as the subtitle says "The Truth behind the Secret plans to Rescue the Russian Imperial Family". It includes some very impressive research where the author does a good job as a detective tracking down sources and clues. It does a good job at explaining the roles played by King George V and other monarchs in this affair. King Alfonso XIII comes out looking very well. It also provide an update in the roles played by Vasily Yakovlev and others and what they really did. It also deals with the plans of Allied agents and Russian monarchists to rescue the Imperial family some of which can best be described as "hare-brained" as the author would say.

Scandanavian Royal Families / Re: Swedish Jewels
« on: August 03, 2018, 07:51:12 PM »
I have heard on 1 August 2018 part of the Swedish Crown jewels were stolen 2 Crowns and a orb. The suspects are still on the run.

Having Fun! / Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« on: July 28, 2018, 08:48:49 AM »
The US Ambassador to the USSR 1936-38 was a man named Joesph E Davies he can kindly be described as a "usefull idiot" as Lenin would say see his wiki bio and try not to be totally amazed at his stupidity.

The Habsburgs / Re: Books on the Habsburgs
« on: July 28, 2018, 08:28:48 AM »
Beyond Nationalism A Social and Political History of the Habsburg Officer Corps 1848-1918 by Istvan Deak a fine book on the subject

In the World War Count Ottokar Czernin memoirs of the Austrian Foreign Minister 1916-18 online

youtube presentation
Professor Alexander Watson inaugural lecture 2018: The Fortress The Dawn of Total War in East-Central Europe 1914-1915 deals with the Siege of Przemysl. The sound was poor bgut I believe the speaker has a book of the same title on the way

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