In 1917, two revolutions swept through Russia, ending centuries of imperial rule and setting into motion political and social changes that would lead to the formation of the Soviet Union. While the two revolutionary events took place within a few short months, social unrest in Russia had been simmering for decades.
In the early 1900s, Russia was one of the most impoverished countries in Europe with an enormous peasantry and a growing minority of poor industrial workers.
Much of Western Europe viewed Russia as an undeveloped, backwards society. The Russian Empire practiced serfdom—a form of feudalism in which landless peasants were forced to serve the land-owning nobility—well into the nineteenth century. In contrast, the practice had disappeared in most of Western Europe by the end of the middle ages.
In 1861, the Russian Empire finally abolished serfdom. The emancipation of serfs would influence the events leading up to the Russian Revolution by giving peasants more freedom to organize.
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“...I went forwards towards the dugout that they were shooting from. Bullets were flying above my head. And so I see Russians in front of me, maybe five metres away from me. So I called out to them to surrender, and they did not do that, so I threw in a hand grenade, and now you can imagine what it looked like in there. One of them came out and he had blood coming from his mouth, from his nose and from his ears. And he pulled his machine gun, the Russian machine gun with a drum at the front, he pulls it into the air and I say to myself: ‘Well, you ain’t gonna get me.’ And I aim my gun at him and all of a sudden I see little stars. I was shot and that was it. I saw little stars in front of my eyes. I looked to my right, and I ran my left hand over my face and a jet of blood comes out and my teeth flew out of my mouth. It was half past ten in the morning, a Saturday morning. Now it’s all over, I thought. And so my colleague saw it and he went, ‘Ah, ah!’ He crushed the head of the Russian who had shot me. He crushed his head despite the steel helmet he was wearing, right into the middle of his face. That made such a cracking noise, I can still hear it today. It’s brutal, but what can you do? And then I saw my second lieutenant, Hennes, he was maybe 20 or 30 metres away from me. So I gave this sign with my right hand, and then I waited again. Who’s shooting, where are they shooting, are there any bullets around me? Was it a sniper, was it one of our bullets? And then I went to the second lieutenant, into his hole, and he said, ‘Come on, where are your first aid packets?’ I could not say anything. And he took the two packets out and bandaged me. My steel helmet had gone anyway. So he bandaged me and all of a sudden he said, ‘Careful, a Russian.’ And he aimed his machine gun at him and then his steel helmet flies through the air. He got shot in his head and he had that leather strap underneath and that was just blown away and it flew through the air and then I looked at him and I saw how he was shot in his head and how his head split. That’s the first time I saw a brain...”
305th Infantry Division
Stalingrad - Red October Plant
17 October 1942
Sometimes you get stories from ppl that are really interesting.. Today I got the story of this hero.
Yakov Rabov Vasilavich joined the Siberian special forces in 1935. He served in the 62th army.
When the German forces launched operation Barbarossa and sieged Stalingrad, this man was there... Seen all the horrors of that battle and survived. It was not his only battle... He fought all the way to Berlin. From Stalingrad to the battle of Kiev, Prague, Warsaw and Vienna.
He sat in deep water in Kiev for days to ambush nazi troops coming from Odessa.
He got shot in the leg in Kiev but he lived.
He also got serious wounded in Vienna... He took a shot in the head and barely made it.
In Berlin he lost his 22 year old brother.. Also in the Russian army.
The Schmidt Ruben in the picture he picked up whilst clearing out an armory in Berlin.
The Mosin Nagant rifle in the picture is what he used, and the Tokarev pistol.
He had 17 medals in total and they are in a Russian museum atm.
He was given an award for killing 5 german officers by hand to hand combat during the war.
He didnt wear all of his medals just because they were too heavy to wear.
His all time favorite medal was his hand to hand combat one.
Yakov Rabov died at the age of 98.
I want to thank you for this truly amazing story you told me... Your grandfather is a hero in my eyes.
RGD-33 grenade fragmentation sleeve with plenty of original paint on it.
When fitted over the grenade the sleeve improved the kill radius by producing a number of diamond-shaped, heavier fragments. With the jacket installed the grenade was said to be in "defensive" mode.
Laurent Koscielny was reportedly heavily involved in training today, suggesting he will return to full training well ahead of schedule.
Fantastic news! Our defence has been shaky this season and this will be a huge help in potentially solving this issue. 🔥