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Dairy Extract Of A Soldier and Worker Who Marched On Bloody Sunday

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Dairy Extract Of A Worker Who Marched On Bloody Sunday. Monday 10th January 1905 My whole family killed. My daughter trampled and wife shot. I joined the march as I thought it would be fun. It was supposed to be so peaceful. All we were doing was going to give a Petition to the Tsar to ask for a better and fairer society but it ended up with thousands dead or wounded. I walked out onto the field approaching the Winter Palace with hope in my heart and great expectations. I believed this would work. The Tsar had to take action when he learnt that so many people were unhappy with the conditions of life for some. We sang as we walked, laughed and joked around with everyone. I carried my 4-year-old daughter, Emily, on my shoulders and held my wife's arm as we went. We were met by the Russian Army who told us that the Tsar was not in and we should return home but we had all been told before the march that the Tsar would most likely have instructed his army to inform us he was absent when he wasn't really, so we ignored them. When the first of us had come within 15 feet of the barrier of soldiers they fired warning shots into the air. ...read more.


In that day when I was supposed to gain everything, I lost it all. I now know I must do everything to get that petition to the Tsar and change life for my people. Not just for them though, for my wife and daughter to. Diary Extract of a Newly Recruited Soldier on Bloody Sunday Monday 10th January 1905 I never thought it would be like this. I joined the Russian Army only two days ago and had never held a loaded gun and shot at a target before let only shot a person. I thought by joining I would help fight for my country, not against it. So many people, husbands, wives, mothers, daughters, fathers and sons, all murdered, some by me. I got home last night, wet and cold, and just sat down and I haven't moved since. It was only yesterday, but it seems like its been years and I still can't move. I was mounted on my horse with the rest of my group. There was a large crowd of workers marching towards us but we were not afraid. Why should we be? They were singing and laughing as they came towards us. They were obviously not coming to attack the palace and we all stayed very calm. We were under strict orders to tell the oncoming assembly of workers coming to present their petition that Tsar Nicholas II was not at the Winter Palace at the moment and that they should all return to their homes. ...read more.


Shot the man down. There was a moment of shocked silence. Others along our barrier thought the general had ordered to begin firing so began themselves. I was yelling to them not to, there was no need but they could no longer hear me, and this time not because of the singing but due to the din of shot after shot ripping through the flesh of the workers and their families. The general, always one for a battle set his horse into action and galloped into the crowd and started slashing with his sword. Everyone followed. I stood watching until the general turned around and yelled for me to help or he would treat me as one of the workers. I began to shoot blindly into the crowd. I didn't realise how stupid that was, there was always someone there to receive my shot. After a while I saw a sight that meant I just had to get out of there. I couldn't stay there anymore, I just had to leave. I swung my horse around and galloped off. The general saw me and fired a single shot at me and it ripped through my leg. I yelled in pain but I still couldn't stop. I will always remember though, my last sight of that battle. The faces of my mother and father, upturned as they lay in the mud, being trampled on by horses and with red stains blossoming from shot gun wounds to their chests. I assisted in killing my own parents. . ...read more.

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