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Richmond WW1 Diary 2 August 1918

British landing in Russia | Russia had been one of the original powers in the Triple Alliance with France and Great Britain. The new Bolsheviks regime in Russia had negotiated a ceasefire with the Central Powers – the German led alliance – at the end of 1917. The treaty of Brest-Litovsk was signed in Spring…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 1 May 1918

May Day | In 1918, May Day embraced its modern identity as a celebration of The Workers. In newly Soviet Russia, celebrating the October Revolution of the previous year, mass parades took place in Moscow and Petrograd (St Petersburg). The celebration was somewhat muted, with the acceptance the recent Brest-Litovsk peace treaty, which had cost…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 3 March 1918

Russia leaves the war | After the turmoil of the October Revolution and the overthrown of the Tsarist regime in 1917, a Russian government met again in January 1918, but was quickly dissolved by the Bolsheviks The temporary armistice between Russia and the Central Powers had come to an end. However, Foreign Commissar, Leon Trotsky,…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 5 December 1917

Armistice between Germany and Russia | The German government had been agitating to undermine the Russian rulers for some time. The withdrawal from the war of the huge Russian forces would release the Central Powers’ armies in the East and allow them to focus on winning the war on the Western Front. Despite the fact…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 18 March 1916

The Eastern Front The three major Allied Nations fought against the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary and Turkey) on many different fronts, including at sea and in the air, and in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East as well as Europe. For Britain and France the bulk of the fighting took place on the Western Front,…