RUSSIA: New Tsar

At that decadent court of little and weak men, of whom the weakest was perhaps Nicholas II, another and a towering Nicholas always strode with head erect. Too late (1914) Nicholas II placed all the armies of all the Russias under command of his tall, big-boned second cousin, the Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolayevich, grandson of the Tsar Nicholas I. The German pre-War penetration of Russia had been too deadly for any Russian commander to succeed. Too late the Grand Duke proved himself fit to rank with Ludendorff, Joffre, Mackensen, Foch, by his masterly...

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