Alexander Kerensky, War Minister of the Russian Provisional Government and Russian Army Commander-in-Chief, General Lavr Georgiyevich Kornilov, enter a building in Petrograd .They are accompanied by many staff officers. Dramatization of ending hostilities between Russia and Germany. A Russian and a German soldier shake hands and are joined by soldiers from both sides. German and Russian soldiers celebrate. Russian troops returning from the front. A Russian soldier adjusts his socks and boots. Russian troops hike and move cargo in horse-drawn wagons. Russian troop train with soldiers on roof. Caption refers to Lenin being in Petrograd on October 7, 1917. Places, in Petrograd, inhabited by Vladimir Llyich Lenin, and Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin. Newpapers and letters pertaining to the period.
Slate refers to March 17, 1917,when Russian Tsar Nicholas II abdicated, and a Provisional Government was formed in Petrograd (St. Petersburg) during World War 1. It is followed by what appears to be a staged film enactment of a mob storming a palace. Soldiers and citizens, carrying sticks and clubs, rush up a stairway inside, while others are seen charging an entrance and beating on palace gates. A statue of the Russian Imperial Seal is seen with one eagle head broken. Next, poor quality documentary scenes show a prison courtyard littered with debris. Bars on the doors and windows are bent and broken. Several persons are seen moving about in the debris. Later a group of people are seen at work cleaning up debris, placing it into a horse-drawn wagon. Slate compares this event to the fall of the Bastille during the French revolution. Russian soldiers loyal to the Bolsheviks and the soviet cheer in streets of Petrograd. Armored cars and an artillery field piece are manned by the revolutionary Russian soldiers. A street is filled with Russian soldiers and some civilians. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
Footage dealing with the Russian Revolution. Painting of Vladimir Llyich Lenin speaking to workers. photograph of hand-written speaking notes. Large crowd of Russians gathered and listening to a Bolshevik speaker at a public square. They hold banners and flags. The hide outs of Vladimir Llyich Lenin during exile period and painting of same. massive crowd of Russians raise and lower their hands. Citizens walk through the streets holding banners. Elevated view of Russian crowd of worker demonstrators that scatters and runs as shooting (presumably from Imperial Russian Army forces) begins and breaks up the protest. Debris left after the shooting. Identification papers used by Lenin, with an alias, showing him clean shaven and with a wig. Scenes of Finland where Lenin went, by way of Petrograd, on April 16,1917. Lake, hay stack, rough hay-covered shelter and fire pit with kettle hanging over it. A forest glen and rustic wooden house, with Lenin's office in a hay loft.
Momentary image of Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin, Russian mystic and advisor to the Russian Imperial family. German troops fighting in no man's land on Western Front in World War 1. Ill prepared and equipped Russian troops clean themselves and clothing of fleas and lice, that cause heavy casualties from typhus. Explosions on front lines. Starving Russian civilians at aid camp. Demonstrations for increased bread rations, in St. Petersburg, Russia, March, 1917, getting out of hand. Tsarist troops sent in to quell the disturbance, instead, join in the revolutionary protests. Alexander Fyodorovich Kerensky, member of the Provisional Committee of the State Duma, vice-chairman of the Petrograd Soviet,and first Minister of Justice in the Provisional Government, is seen tipping his hat, and later giving a speech. Czar (Tsar) Nicholas II, seen sitting on a tree stump, with soldiers behind him. Russians crowding a square, breaking down prison bars, and releasing prisoners. Dissidents haranguing Russian crowds. Kerensky speaking to crowd. Vladimir Ilyich Lenin returning by train from exile in Switzerland. Leon Trotsky arriving by train from Canada. Kerensky on a balcony as, head of the provisional government, in Summer, 1917, proclaiming Russia a Republic. Young women marching in parade. Lenin making remarks. Field filled with farm workers (worker army union, AKA Soviet) tilling soil with hand tools. Lenin, bareheaded (holding his cap behind his back) making a speech. An unidentified cathedral seen in background. Bolsheviks stir up unrest. Winged Victory column topples. Bolshevik mobs take over government buildings
Scenes of unrest in Russia during World War 1. Crowds of Russians, disappointed with the war, their government and the general state of affairs, demonstrate in Petrograd, during the so-called February Revolution. Some carry banners reading "Freedom and Equality, and similar slogans. (This event triggered the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II and formation of a Provisional Government.) In another sequence, a huge mass of Russians, mostly women, move through a street in Petrograd on International Women's Day, May 8th, during a period of labor strife and unrest. In final sequence, Russians are seen packed together on a warm day, possibly listening to a speaker. (These may be brief scenes from the July Days uprising, in Petrograd, When a peaceful demonstration by half a million people, was put down by armed troops resulting in some 700 deaths.) (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
The October, 1917 revolution in Russia, during World War 1. Opening scene shows an explosion at the base of a tall column topped by a winged figure with outstretched arms. The column and statue teeter and then fall in a crash to the ground. Within the same scenes another similar collumn stands, but any statue it contained is gone. Next, a Bolshevik rioter is seen on a ladder, prying a large bas relief statue of Romanov double eagle from face of a building. It falls and breaks into many pieces on the ground.