Thursday, March 26, 2015

Trotsky-The Man, the Myth, the Legend

Leon Trotsky, born Lev Davidovich Bronshtein was the right-hand man for Vladamir Lenin. He was the founder and first leader of the Red Army and a Menshevik revolutionary. During his early years, Trotsky was imprisoned in 4 different locations until his final imprisonment in Moscow, where he met his first wife. They married in the Moscow prison and were both later sentenced to 4 years in Siberian exile. Trotsky changed his name after his escape from exile. In 1903, the Russians split into 2 groups, Menshevik supports and Bolshevik supporters. It was during this split that Trotsky split away from Lenin. He later dropped both groups and supported no party. Trotsky went on to lead the Red Army during WW1 and the Red Terror. He also become Commissar of Foreign Affairs. After Lenin's death, Trotsky and other supporters went into exile due to losing their posts and leaders and under fire from opposition forces. in February of 1929, Trotsky was deported from the Soviet Union. In 1940 two attempts on Trotsky's life were made by Stalin. The first, a raid on his home, was survived by Trotsky. The second attack lead to a non-killing blow to Trotsky's head by use of Ice axe. Trotsky died a day later from loss of blood and shock.

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