NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
18th March, 1921 : Lev Davidovich Bronstein a.k.a. Leon Trotsky, acclaimed by the sailors of Kronstadt as their revolutionary leader in those heady months of 1917, ordered a picked Red Army force to storm the naval base and crush an anti-Bolshevik insurrection by those same sailors. After an artillery bombardment, the Bolshevik troops, with white sheets over their uniforms, advanced across the frozen bay, to be met by a storm of fire from the sailors. The ice broke and wave after wave of white-sheeted attackers perished in the freezing sea.
The sailors, most of whom are country boys, have been demanding better treatment for peasants and free elections to city soviets. But Trotsky called them “blinded” and acted before the spring thaw would have enabled the base to get supplies from friendly Baltic countries. The sailors were finally crushed after a night-long battle in a blizzard. Many fled to Finland, where the American Red Cross is feeding them.
[ Trust Bolsheviks, here personified by Bronstein a.k.a. Trotsky and when that logically and invariably fails, trust American Red Cross. ]