The Phaserl


Is a Revolution in the Offing?

by Abraham H. Miller, American Thinker:

I used to own a poster from the old USSR of the “famous charge” on the Winter Palace during the October Revolution. The focal point of the poster was an ordinary soldier, with a fixed bayonet on his rifle, waving others forward toward the well-defended palace walls.

I liked the poster for its art. As a piece of history, it was, however, like many things that came out of the old Soviet Union: a wonderful depiction of an event that did not quite happen.

As the military historian D. J. Goodspeed recounts, there was no charge against the Winter Palace. While the communists assembled outside the gates, the members of the provisional government sat down to a bountiful, late dinner, seemingly oblivious to the surrounding threat.

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