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Date: 4 months ago   Category: Society

Maxim KUZNETSOV: 1918. Steamship war on Volga


Maxim KUZNETSOV: 1918. Steamship war on Volga
White. Michmanypirata. Then Bolsheviks claimed seventy years that they weren't spies of the enemy in Revolution and didn't perform a task of the German General Staff. However in a year when the Czechs and Slovaks wishing to be at war on the party of the Entente were going to leave Russia and to these have strongly disturbed the German generals, Trotsky has ordered to disarm them. Then soldiers of the Czechoslovak case stretched by rail between Penza and Vladivostok have begun to disarm everywhere red, having occupied including Samara. Soon in the city formation of National army for fight against Bolsheviks which was headed by the lieutenant colonel Vladimir Kappel has been begun. Czechs wanted that Kappel's army has covered Samara from flanks, having occupied Simbirsk and Syzran. On note point of National army two warrant officers, Vasily Yershov and Georgy Meyrer have met and have got to talking. Yershov has declared that the main task now – to get bread for the formed army. Meyrer has reported that red, leaving the city, have hijacked across Volga the barge with flour and, by hearsay, have come to anchor versts in twenty from Samara. Warrant officers have agreed that this barge would be quite good to be seized for what it would be not bad to create the Volga military white flotilla. Yershov has suggested Meyrer to head this flotilla, and Meyrer has in reply suggested Yershov to become his chief of staff. Also have settled upon that. And everything, it seems, went well, but there was a question – where to take the ships at the beginning of a year Social Revolutionaries and Mensheviks, popular in the Volga region, have suggested to consider Volga the neutral territory, free from participation in the beginning Civil war. The idea of a neutrality has pleased the Volga captains and pilots and therefore when in Samara firing has begun, they have defiantly taken away steamships of meters on fifty from the coast, emphasizing the unwillingness to participate in any adventures though revolutionary though counterrevolutionary. While druzyamichmana considered the plan of capture какогонибудь vessels from the boat, to the Samara pier prishlepat at the movement of steamships of their wheel, hitting against water, made a loud characteristic sound and has moored small пароходик from Simbirsk. Warrant officers, with assistance of the Czech shooters, have flown on his deck just while the old pilot of the captain on the vessel it hasn't appeared has taken off a cap and has crossed, thanking God for safe swimming. Georgy Meyrer has straight off called him on sacred business — to save the Homeland. The pilot has firmly refused participation in this mission. Then Meyrer has put the revolver to his head and has suggested to become immediately at choice — either the patriot, or the dead person. It has turned out excessively kartinno, but the result has been achieved — the pilot has crossed once again and has agreed "to try". On the same day the requisitioned steamship came for the first combat operation. Have dashingly boarded the barge with flour, the benefit red protecting the vessel were drunk and didn't understand at all what occurs. Georgy Meyrer came back to Samara triumphally – with a trophy on the tow. The warrant officer has finished the Sea case less than a year ago and for the first time ordered the ship. In a year to him was all year. Red.

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