What a wonderful day, a very hot one. I went to get a haircut, my hairdresser was a rude, sordid girl. Everyone is now rude, lazy, it’s as if they are doing you a favor.
The death penalty by shooting is to be established as the maximum penalty for military personnel within the theatre of operations for the following crimes: See more
military or high treason; defection to the enemy; desertion of the field of battle; voluntary desertion of one’s post during battle or evasion of action in battle; instigation, incitement or encouragement to surrender, desertion or evasion of resistance to the enemy; surrender into captivity without resistance; unauthorised absence from patrol in view of the enemy; violence against superiors - both officers and soldiers; refusal to carry out military orders and instructions from superiors; outright mutiny and incitement to mutiny; assault on a sentry or military guard; armed resistance to a guard, wilful murder of a sentry; and also for wilful murder, rape, robbery and theft only within the territory occupied by the army.
Enemy spies will be subject to the same punishment.
A crowd of wounded officers surrounded a Red Cross hospital train, demanding to be allowed on board. This was clearly impossible: it was quite obvious even through the window how tightly packed the carriages were. Terrible, bandaged heads peered out of hammocks, and narrow, faces, deathly pale as masks, with pitiful eyes, so dark they looked painted, muddy-grey hospital gowns, and crutches, one of which was sticking out through the broken window of the carriage. See more
The crowd howled and swore obscenely without a break, heaping abuse on the Provisional Government, on the leaders, safely entrenched in the rear, on our “gallant Allies” and the “Commander-in-Chief” Kerensky himself, who ought to be strung up from the nearest tree, and wasn’t it a shame Kornilov hadn’t done it? - although he was a regular bastard himself.
Such wonderful weather. During my morning walk, as we were passing by the gate of the path that leads straight to the greenhouse, we noticed one of the sentries asleep in the grass. The officer who was accompanying us went over and took the man's rifle. During the day we chopped down nine trees and sawed up one fir tree. See more
All of these were along the same path. It was steaming hot, and the storm clouds gathered around us and we could hear thunder; but toward evening the sky cleared up. After vespers, Alexis received presents. I packed and removed my things so that now the room has a deserted look.
We were told that we should take warm clothes. Hence, we are not directed to the south. A big disappointment.
I wrote to the Empress, congratulating her on the upcoming birthday of Aleksey Nikolaevich and informing her of my recovery from my illness and my immediate readiness to take up my former duties.