After Lenin makes peace with Germany, civil war breaks out in Russia. White Russian troops are seen fighting against Bolshevik troops in the snow. American soldiers, supporting the White Russians, are seen in Archangel (Arkhangelsk). Cossacks on horseback carry the Tsarist flag. The Romanovs, Tsar Nicholas II and his family are photographed outdoors seated on a wooden bench by barricade fence at Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg. Bolsheviks arresting other revolutionaries who were opposed to them, and executing them by firing squad. Vladimir Lenin with cat in his lap. View of Fanny Yefimovna Kaplan (AKA "Dora") who attempted to assassinate Lenin on August 30, 1918. View of Lenin speaking to Soviet workers. Newspaper of September 1, 1918 reports on the assassination attempt, with dateline London, August 31st: "Lenin wounded twice by assassin. Attempt on Red Premier's life at Moscow. Commissary Uritzky murdered at Petrograd." Crowd in turmoil in Moscow. Newspaper reports capture of would-be assassin, noting that "official Bolshevist paper says, "She is girl of intellectual class." Narrator states that some 500 anti-Bolsheviks are executed in Moscow.
A huge crowd of soldiers gather on streets of Moscow, Russia, as pamphlets are distributed during Russian Civil War. A soldier reads posters pasted on a wall. A huge crowd of soldiers gathers around, and many sit upon, the Statue of Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich at Manege Square, Moscow. ( Note: The statue,by Pietro Canonica. Was erected in 1912 and destroyed in 1918.) (World War i; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
Russian leader Lenin in discussion with another leader Mikhail Kalinin in the courtyard of Kremlin. Backside shows a huge cannon and cannon balls visible in the background. Lenin addressing a big crowd in Moscow and Leningrad. 1918. (World War i; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
Animated map on globe of world shows extent of the USSR from East to west and North to South (9 million Square miles). Miners extracting her natural resource minerals. 110 million
acres of forests and timber being felled. Coal on a conveyer belt. A "forest" of oil derricks in a Soviet field. Oil tank cars moving on a railroad. Iron and steel mills. 370 million acres of farmland. Farms being worked. Tea, tobacco, and cotton crops. Herds of ranch animals. Corn,oats,hops,rye and wheat being harvested by machinery. Huge parades of people parading in Red Square, Moscow, Russia. Dancers on floats in the parade. Cossacks from the Don River Valley demonstrate horsemanship. Map showing Ukraine, Russia,Hungary, Rumania,and other adjoining areas. Musicians playing balalaikas accompany dancers. Ukranians,Moldovians and Beserabians in local costume. Map of the Caucasuses between the Caspian and Black Seas. People from that region dancing and playing instruments. Armenians,and people riding on horseback from tribes of the Caucasian mountains. Uzbeks blowing long horns. Turkmen with horses. Mongols playing stringed instruments. Views of people from further East and North approaching Siberia. Some hunting with rifles. Views of Moscow. Moscovites walking on a summer day. Man riding in a horse-drawn carriage. Cars driving on a street. All kinds of vehicular traffic in Moscow city, including trams. Outside views of Soviet factories. Soviet soldiers. Soviet bricklayer, traffic cop, and sailor are shown. A riveter at work. Soviet school children. An old fireman.Nurse in a hospital. Civil engineer with transit. A window washer. A sales girl. Housewives. A Postal clerk. A radio announcer. A stewardess on an airliner. A chemist in a laboratory. A typist at work. A harpist playing and a ballerina dancing as an orchestra plays. Soviet citizens walking across a field. Narrator refers to their love for the soil. Animated map sums up Russia's size and characteristics.
Animated map shows shrinking area of Tsarist Russian control as Bolshevik influence moves across Russia, leaving central region around Moscow still politically contested. Russian troops run through a snowy rail yard, next to a flat car on which an automobile sits. Bolsheviks board another flat car. Mikhail Kalinin speaks forcefully to a crowd, and later, with a cigarette in his mouth, mingles with young people in the crowd. People receiving Bolshevik newspapers at a train depot. Newsmen conversing. Another speaker delivering an impassioned speech.
Czar Nicholas II out powered in Russia and the Bolsheviks gain power after the October Revolution. Romanav dynasty Emperor Nicholas II with his family including son Alexis and his four daughters and his wife at his palace in Moscow. Czar Nicholas II and his courtiers review troops of Russian Cossack soldiers at his palace for the last time. Czar's Russian soldiers march across frozen and snow-covered battlefields. Wounded Russian soldiers return to their villages from World War 1. Soldiers see the starving Russian citizens and begin to mutiny and the front and stop fighting. View of Alexander Kerensky with a crowd after he comes to power in Russia in February 1917 revolution and soon after the Bolsheviks gain rule of Russia in October Revolution. Parade of people and soldiers with pro Bolshevik signs and banners during the revolution. Russian soldiers of the Red Army parade with Commander Leon Trotsky at Red Square in Moscow. A famine strikes Russia and people struggel during the famine. View of snow covered streets and Russian citizens struggling with famine. Young children and orphans are fed at group tables assembled outside on a snowy plaza. Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin seen at his desk in his office in the Kremlin, talking. View of Lenin's wife, Nadezhda Krupskaya, taking notes.