The one idea was politics. I was sitting with the General Quartermaster of the 7th Army the day before we moved to the front for the offensive, when two members of the Petrograd Sovyet were announced. They had come to lecture on two themes, “ Peace and War ” and “ The Constituent Assembly.” Were they not ridiculous enough, these demagogues, to dream of such abstract subjects on the very eve of an offensive that might decide the fate of Russia! See more
The only chance seemed to be that the men might be impressed by the number of guns concentrated for the support of the attack. One gunner I talked to said he had fought for three years and had “ never seen anything like so many guns ” !
The one object of the Command seemed to be to avoid bloodshed, and it was only by bloodshed that discipline could have been restored. What streams of Russian blood shed since might have been saved if only loyal units had been used to restore order with energy at the outset of the rot in the army
Today Kerensky reviewed all the emergency infantry battalions. He did not call on us. During the day we chopped up in large pieces dried-up fir trees, very close to the place we were yesterday, and others on the Children's Island, The weather was ideal.
Petrograd. Mr. Root interviews Russian journalists every morning, not they him, and the manner in which he eludes direct questions is a model for any young man studying the arts not less than the crafts of diplomacy.
I have been working hard at the Congress. On the third day there was a large, captivating meeting. Tsereteli spoke about general politics with dignity and intelligence, and he defended his impossible position as powerfully and systematically as could be imagined possible. Lenin spoke after him. See more
He spoke passionately, with great revolutionary fire, but too quickly, and he made an error that all his detractors later clung to: he said that “the first and most important measure of a genuinely revolutionary government would be the arrest of its country's 50 wealthiest factory owners.”
The bourgeoisie is now striving to smother the revolution. The proletariat must continue it. The bourgeoisie is now striving to introduce anarchic disorganization and destruction into the administration of this country. The working class must organize it. The bourgeoisie wants to turn several more million living, thriving human beings into mountains of rotting flesh. See more
The proletariat wants to stop that massacre. The bourgeoisie presents itself as a bringer of death and decay. The proletariat, as a bringer of living, creative energy, marches onward.
Our duty is to organise a demonstration. At the sight of armed soldiers, the bourgeoisie will run and hide.
Kerensky reviewed the troops today. Fortunately, not in front of the Palace, but at the Sophia parade ground. One of our hospital assistants went along to have a look, and came back horrified at how badly the soldiers kept formation. He has to go back to the front, and wants a transfer to the artillery, as he thinks the situation in the infantry is terrible.