We need to keep in mind that we were not prepared for such an army. There's even more: the Germans were getting ready for a people's war, there's a lot of proof of that. They had been preparing for this war for 43 years, and yet, in 1914, they still thought they were not ready. And no one was. See more
England was so unprepared that they even had no universal military service. So why is it so surprising that, given the circumstances, I hadn't done more than I was able to? I might be wrong, but I believe that the prosecution should sound more or less believable. He is guilty of not doing anything, of not using his omnipotence. Gentlemen, I've never had it. I was shocked to hear that I was, apparently, omnipotent.
I've been reading the Pepis diaryThe diary of Pepis - a British state official of the navy, author of a diary about everyday London life during the Restoration. in bed. Very curious diary form, just like my notes.
The Bolsheviki raised again the slogan so dear to the masses, “All Power to the Soviets!”... They took the crude, simple desires of the workers, soldiers and peasants, and from them built their immediate programme. And so, while the oborontsi Mensheviki and Socialist Revolutionaries involved themselves in compromise with the bourgeoisie, the Bolsheviki rapidly captured the Russian masses. See more
In July they were hunted and despised; by September the metropolitan workmen, the sailors of the Baltic Fleet, and the soldiers, had been won almost entirely to their cause.
Love: in winter - because of the cold, in summer - because of the heat, in spring - because of the first leaves, in autumn - because of the last leaves. It’s always because of something.
It was raining in the morning. The cattle have eaten everything in the fields. Muscles hurt, there’s no food. Everywhere it is muddy and dirty.
The “Zeit” newspaper reports that the people of Vienna have potatoes for the winter (1,5 potato per person per day), and even this laughable amount can be brought in only from Galicia which is planning to ban potato export.
There are so many rumours about peace: a rumour was started about the initiation of German negotiations with England and France – and was incredibly worrisome for all of our comrades concerned. Russia, forgotten and betrayed. They raised the alarm, demanding that the offensive capability of our armies be increased, playing into the interests of the patriots. See more
There’s no truth in these rumours. The German response to the papal appeal is as yet undetermined, just as their previous responses are, but it indicates two things. First of all, in future negotiations, there is no need to discuss questions that have already been answered (for instance, the subject of Poland), and secondly, that it is necessary to take into account the actual situation (meaning, with a map of the war). But none of this brings us any closer to peace.
I find that I am not cut out for a teacher of boys; or rather I find that all my knowledge, such as it is, is quite of the wrong sort; remote, vague, facts inextrica bly mixed up with appreciations and opinions; I am setting to work to tabulate and compress.
The government has charged me with the delicate task of restoring the coalition, with the inclusion of the same parties which were part of it in the past. I intended to carry this out as soon as possible. See more
I admit, it is a hard situation, because, although I consider the inclusion of the Constitutional democrats absolutely essential, I realised that everything the leader Milyukova does, every speech he delivers and every article he writes, would provoke a new wave of indignation, as there was in March and April.