Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov: The Bolshevik Revolution

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The bloodshed and carnage of WWI was still fresh in the minds of Europe. Russia had recently gone through a revolution that destroyed the monarchy, and put the leader of the Bolsheviks, the party that led the revolution, in charge. His name was Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, also known as Lenin. Lenin and the Bolsheviks practiced communism, the belief a totalitarian system of government in which a single authoritarian party controls state-owned means of production. In other words, there is no privately owned property, and all property is owned by the state. Communism was very popular with the lower classes, and mostly consisted of workers, peasants, and soldiers. Lenin died after suffering a series of strokes, and never decided on a clear…show more content…
The final offensive was called the Berlin Strategic Offensive Operation by the Soviet Union. The soviets made it within 40 miles of berlin, then halted their assault for a few weeks, to ready for the final push. There was three Soviet fronts in total, one attacking the south, another attacking the east, and the final one attacking German positions north of Berlin. The Soviets started to bombard the city with artillery before the attack, softening up the already disorganized German units. The Nazi defenders were made up of normal soldiers, but also poorly trained militia and Hitler Youth. When the soviets finally entered the city, intense urban fighting broke out, but the Soviets were able to push their way through the city. The battle was won for the Soviets after they captured the Reichstag, the German parliament, and the city center, which caused Adolf Hitler and a few other high members of the Nazi party to commit suicide. A few pockets of Nazi resistance sprung up here and there, mostly caused by Nazi soldiers trying to fight their way west so they wouldn 't have to surrender to the Soviets, which was almost equal to a death
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