Trotsky and final prep

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  • Trotsky and Final preparations for revolution.
    • Once the vote for a action had been had, it largely left to Trotsky to organise the revolution. He sent Bolshevik newspapers around the factories, whipping up support, and in accordance to 5 October "a military revolutionary commitee" was set up under Trotsky and Dzerzhinsky.
      • This comprised of 66 members- 48 were bolsheviks.
    • Trotsky massed troops at the Bolshevik headquarters in the Smolny institute and, since the Mensheviks and SRs refused to co-operate.
      • Once the vote for a action had been had, it largely left to Trotsky to organise the revolution. He sent Bolshevik newspapers around the factories, whipping up support, and in accordance to 5 October "a military revolutionary commitee" was set up under Trotsky and Dzerzhinsky.
        • This comprised of 66 members- 48 were bolsheviks.
      • Comprised of militias from Red Guards, former policemen and soldiers.
    • Commisars were sent to all Petrograd's garrison units and 15/18 swore their allegiance to the Soviet rather than Provisional Government.
      • These commisars ensured loyalty and issued orders and organised weapon supplies. In total the commitee came to control 200,000 Red Guards, 60,000 Baltic sailors and 150,000 soldiers of the remaining petrograd units.
        • A state of mutiny armed was thus established even before the "revolution" officially began on 25 October.

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