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Tango0102 Aug 2019 10:14 p.m. PST

… What Was It?

"In the days of the Russian Revolution of 1917, an order went out to the country's military which almost destroyed its ability to fight, and made a takeover by socialist extremists more likely. This was 'Order Number One', and it had only good intentions.

Russia had experienced strikes and protests many times before 1917. They had once, in 1905, experienced an attempted revolution too. But in those days the military had stood with the government and crushed the rebels; in 1917, as a series of strikes convulsed the political orders and showed how a Tsarist government that was dated, autocratic and would rather fail than reform had lost support, the Russian military came out in favour of the rebellion. The soldiers whose mutiny helped turn strikes in Petrograd into Russia's February Revolution in 1917 initially came onto the streets, where they drank, fraternized and sometimes held key defensive points. The soldiers began to swell the newly appearing councils – the soviets – and allowed the situation to become so bad for the Tsar that he agreed to abdicate. A new government would take over…"
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