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Article "The Russian Empire: Too Nice for its own good" by Anatoly Karlin on progressive the Russian Empire was includes a picture of Nicholas II tatoo on his right arm also a picture of a gun store in Chelyabinsk which looks like something out of the old west. Note Chelyabinsk is the the south of Ekaterinburg.

warning graphic on youtube:
Nazinsky: Stalin's Cannibal Island
Kolyma: Land of gold and Gulag

The Hohenzollern / Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
« on: January 05, 2020, 09:26:39 PM »
I found a film clip on youtube Berlin 1900 in colour!!!  very impressive. one clip looks like KW II and Nicholas II during the 1913 wedding of the Kaiser's daughter.

youtube: there is the 1917 Oesel Genommen a period 31 minute newsreel on the German 1917 capture of the Baltic island of Oesel or Osel AKA Operation Albion

35 has many of the WW I and II official histories of some countries online.

I don't know if I have mentioned this before but the same people who gave us the great war channel WW I week by week. Also have between 2 wars which deals with the period 1919 to 1939. They also have ww2 week by week which I am finding better on average than WW I series.

Having Fun! / Period russian slang
« on: December 10, 2019, 05:04:07 PM »
here is some period Russian slang terms:

White crow: odd ball

Sitting (in prison) a revolutionary once asked Stalin where he been the reply "sitting"

White Boned: blue blood a member of the nobility

Black boned: not a member of the nobility

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: what would you say...?
« on: December 10, 2019, 04:59:57 PM »
I am a bit late but I would tell her what was going to happen to her and her family. As for advise on how to prevent it here is what I would advise:

Have Nicholas read the riot act to the rest of the family starting with Maria P the elder quit bad mouthing Alexandra ect.

Tell Grand Duke Nicholas N his wife introduced Rasputin to Alexandra and as long as she wants him around you need to start defending him

Have the DEMF meet Rasputin and tell her he does not run Russia also quit bad mouth Alexandra.

Tell Alexandra to try and patch things up somewhat with the St Petersburg society. Do a better job at self promotion. This applies to Nicholas as well.

WW I either leave GD Nicholas N in command of the army or have Nicholas assume command of the army from day one.

Right after the start of WW I have a meeting of the Duma leaders and offer them positions in a wartime coalition government.

Have Nicholas in early 1916 publicly defend you and speech out against the anti-spy hysteria in Russia

I don't know if these measures will work but, they might just save the IF and Russia from what happened to them in real life.

Other places on youtube where you can find presentations on WW II  and other subjects
The Dole Institute of Politics
US Army War College
Military History Not Visulalized

also see
David M Glantz
Robert Citno

TIK has just started Battlestorm Stalingrad S1 E1 you might call it the ultimate presentation on the battle a day by day account going down to Battalion or regiment level S1 E1 is in July 1942. Just the thing for WW II or Russian History  fanatics!

TIK has a number of other presentations that deal with WW II the ones that I have seen i am very impressed with the research and maps. I have just finished up with their operation Crusader.

There is an HBO miniseries just out Catherine The Great with Helen Mirren playing CTG

Scandanavian Royal Families / Re: King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia
« on: October 17, 2019, 07:18:32 PM »
Recently King Carl XVI Gustav has removed the royal titles from 5 of his grand children. Anyone know why?

on youtube there is a trailer for the movie Kingsman 3 which is during ww I and it looks like they have Rasputin in it

on youtube drachinifel had the the Russian 2nd pacific Squadron Voyage of the Damned a somewhat comical look at the Russian baltic fleets around the world voyage during the Russo-Japanese war. It has just come out with the squel: Battle of Tsushima When the 2nd pacific squadron thought it couldn't get any worse". Where the Russian Baltic fleet gets destroyed at the battle of Tsushima. Note the color film clips are CG made for a Japanese mini series. See battle of Tsushima on youtube for more of them. Also the paintings look like the work of Russian martime artist Vladimir Emyshev see for more of his works.

drachinifel also has:
Baltic naval war 1919-fire and ice (but mostly lots of ice) which is fairly good but a Sopwith Camel was not shot down by a red balloon observer with a pistol.

not a movie but European Film Gateway has a lot of WW I era documentary film clips at

Nicholas II / Re: The Tsar's Cigarettes
« on: August 31, 2019, 03:11:12 PM »
LDR has him smoking Benson and Hedges with the Imperial Crest. It also has Nicholas smoking Turkish cigarettes pre WW I. Post abdication General Voiekov sent him cigarettes at Tobolsk.. I would say in his final months he only had crude Russian tobacco or Makhorka to smoke. This has a real bad smell to it and I would say the house of Special Purpose stank badly of it. I have read that during WW II some German units put men on night outpost duty who were non smokers since they could probably smell the Russians before they saw or heard them. During the Soviet war in Afghanestan there may have been occations where the smell of this tobacco gave the Soviets positions away to the Afghans.

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