AUGUST14 ww1 started. Russia declared war on Germany and troops were mobilised. The Tsar was very popular.
NOV 1914 The main Russian armies were defeated in the battle of Masurian Lakes and Tannenburg
DECEMBER 14 million Russian soldiers were now dead. Russia’s industry could not produce enough weapons to supply all the soldiers. The army lacked supplies.
JANUARY 1915 there were shortages of food, coal, and industrial materials in the cities. Prices rose and factories closed. The government was themed. Strikes were common
SEPTEMBER 1915 The Tsardecided to leave Petrograd and go to the western front to run Russian Army. The Tsarina and Rasputin were left in charge; unpopular even with aristocracy. Rasputin persuaded the Tsarina to replace ministers. The organisation of supply of food broke down. Some of the Duma members formed a “progressive shoe” as an alternative power to the tsar.
WINTER 1916 The winter was a bad one. Hardly any food or fuel got into Petrogred. Huge bread queues formed and prices rocketed
21st FEBUARY 1917 The situation was desperate. 40,000 workers at the Putilov factory out an strike.
23rd FEBUARY 1917 International Women's day. Thousands of women joined the demonstration. The protestors demanded food, fuel and a new government
25th FEBUARY 1917 The tsar ordered that the army fire on the protestors. Many soldiers refused and joined the protestors. Soldiers and workers marched to the Duma to demand that it took control of Russia.
MARCH 1917 The Tsar tried to get back to Petrograd but the railway workers stopped him. He was forced to flee.