‘It was inevitable that the Bolsheviks would win the civil war’
I believe this is statement is true as the Bolsheviks had many advantages over the whites making them unbeatable and therefore were able to win the civil war.
One of the main advantages the Bolsheviks had was that they were mostly in the centre of Russia, which meant they had control over major cities like Petrograd and owned many factories which they used to produce weapons needed to fight in the civil war. Peasants who lived in Petrograd were starving to death and forced to share a lot of their grain and give it to the armed guards for them to send to the soldiers fighting and though many tried to protest against them they were either taken to prison for months without trial or shot. This was a very violent way to deal with the rebellions but it shows how strict and strong Trotsky their leader was.
Trotsky led the Red Army very well so that the opposing sides stood no chance against them. He managed to travel on the war trains with the soldiers giving orders and transporting essential supplies which was a major advantage as they could have more troops and supplies securely transported with no interruption from the whites as they had access to some the rail roads. Trotsky also set up a Red Army Propaganda train which was used to spread communist ideas across Russia gaining the Bolsheviks more support from the people, as well as this he made all non-Bolshevik papers banned so that everyone in Russia only read about the Bolshevik point of view and never knew any better making their armies and supporters stronger. Trotsky was a very brutal but determined leader which was a massive advantage as although he may have been violent towards the peasants of Russia forcing them to give all the food they grew to the Red Army, the whites had many different leaders making them united and it very hard for them to communicate especially as they were in lots of different countries.
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The Whites however had a few advantages in the war such as they were made up of many countries which meant they had a lot more finical help so they could afford more weapons to be made and more soldiers to fight. Being made up of so many countries meant they has a lot more supporters and were surrounding the Bolsheviks so they could close in on them which in some cases they did as in a diary of a white soldier he says they shot most of the people especially women and children and whipped all men under the age of forty five as they could be fighting for the Bolsheviks.
The Red Army killed the Tsar and his family which meant that even if the whites won the war they wouldn’t have anyone to put in charge of the country which would be a major problem as there may have been arguments within the countries to decide who took over.
I therefore agree with this statement at the Bolsheviks has many advantages especially compared to the whites which made them a strong and united party making the whites stand no chance against them. They had many supporters through the strategies they used such as banned non-Bolshevik papers and even though many Russian people may have feared the leaders and Red Army as they were forced to give up food or fight in the war or their family would be killed it worked as they won and had many people fighting and following them.
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