In 1900, Russia was still under the rule of the czar.
In the shipyard of Russia’s “new admiral”, the cruiser “afrer” was launched.
It was 124 meters long and 18 meters wide, with a displacement of 6731 tons.
The black ship body looked slender, and the bright yellow was smeared on three huge chimneys.
Such a clear-cut color makes the “Avril” particularly eye-catching, and the sailors are proud of its grandeur and beauty.
But five years later, the warship, which the sailors were proud of, experienced its most depressing moment.
In May 1905, lieutenant general rozestevinsky led the Russian joint sub fleet and the “5-year-old” avler, which was caught off guard by the Japanese fleet that had been ambushed here for a long time, as soon as it entered the strait between the tohma islands and Kyushu Island, Japan.
At 2 p.m. on May 7, the two sides exchanged fire.
On the sea, 12 huge battleships in black and gray blue dominated the main battlefield.
They tore and collided frantically, while the “weak” cruisers were pushed aside.
There, with 40 large and small guns, the “afrer” did its best and led its “companions” to attack 16 Japanese cruisers.
The disadvantage in quantity did not make the “Avril” inferior in the battle, and the rough waves on the sea also reduced the hit rate of Japanese cruiser shells to a certain extent.
In the evening, the heavily damaged Russian fleet began to retreat.
However, the commander of the Japanese fleet, the senior general of the Navy, Hirako Tohoku, followed closely and ordered the release of torpedo boats for pursuit.
These flexible boats are like sharks looking for “prey” on the dark sea.
After thousands of difficulties and dangers, the Russian fleet finally stood out from the siege.
However, on the way back to Russia, the “Avril” and two other warships were “picked up a bargain” by the Filipinos when passing through Manila, disarmed and detained for a whole year.
It was not until the following year that the Philippines released them back to Russia.
After that, the Avril, which was defeated and returned, stayed dormant for 12 years.
On November 6, 1917, the “Avril” officially “resurfaced”.
On that day, as soon as night fell, the Petrograd Revolutionary Military Commission sent an order to beresev, the political commissar of the “afrer”, to cooperate with the red guards to launch an uprising and seize power.
When the news came, everyone on board cheered.
In order to ensure the smoothness of the road for the Red Guard to drive into the city center, the “afrer” is to control the Nikolayev bridge.
Soon, the Avril lifted its anchor and headed for the bridge.
The sailors easily repelled the enemy’s weak defense and successfully occupied the bridge.
After dawn, the revolutionary sailors who had been busy all night ushered in a new day.
At 10 a.m. on November 7, the radio station on the “Avril” solemnly announced to the world that the Revolutionary Military Commission had taken power and broadcast the draft “letter to inform Russian citizens”.
However, the enemy at a dead end did not give up.
They took the winter palace as a stronghold and fought tenaciously.
Therefore, winning the winter palace has become a symbol of the success of the revolution.
The afrer also ushered in its second mission: to send a signal to attack the winter palace! After receiving the order, political commissar beresev led the sailors on the Avril to prepare immediately.
At 9:40 that night, political commissar beresev decisively ordered: “bow gun, prepare!” With a “click”, the 152 mm empty cartridge was pushed into the bore.
At this time, there was silence on the ship, and everyone was silently waiting for the final order of political commissar beresev.
“Let go!” With the order of political commissar beresev, “boom!” With a sound of the earth, the “aphyll” made a loud and earth shaking sound, and the silence of the night was broken.
In an instant, the cannons around were “roaring” one after another, and shells roared past.
After the sound of the gun of the “Avril”, the uprising team poured into the winter palace from all directions.
After the “completion” of the mission, the “afrer” was unwilling to watch the war and quickly joined the battle.
It constantly bombarded the winter palace with shells, and the huge palace trembled like an earthquake.
In an instant, the whole winter palace became a sea of fire, and the October Revolution began.
Seven years later, Lenin died in 1924.
In memory of this great man, petergrad was renamed Leningrad.
Although the old Avril continued to stay here with the Baltic Fleet, it no longer carried out combat missions.
In fact, since 1923, the “Avril” has been officially incorporated into the training ship detachment of the Baltic Fleet and has become a place for training command cadres.
However, the Avril did not disappear.
In 1941, with the blatant invasion of the Soviet Union by German fascists, Leningrad suffered an unprecedented crisis.
On September 9, the Baltic Fleet suddenly received an order: all naval guns concentrated fire to support the guard troops in important areas of Leningrad.
The old “Avril” reappeared its brilliance in the battle of blood and fire.
As the Avril was too old at this time, the range of the naval gun was far from reaching the enemy.
(please keep the website lishi.
net for reprint, thank you!) As a last resort, with tears in their eyes, the sailors dismantled the main guns on the ship one by one to form a “Baltic Fleet independent special artillery company” with nine guns.
At this time, only a naval gun and an artillery squad were left on the “Avril” for self-defense.
The independent special artillery company of the Baltic Fleet hid behind the forest, aimed at the German tanks struggling in the mud and fired calmly.
But the “Avril” moored in the port could not resist the indiscriminate bombing of the German army, “boom!” He was hit with a sound and sank slowly to the bottom of the sea.
After the Second World War, the bullet riddled hull of the cruiser “Avril” was salvaged from the calm surface of the Baltic Sea and repaired.
The “Avril” appeared in front of people again.
[cool review] there is a passage: a young man tells a dying old man how beautiful his life is, and finally points out with regret that the old man can’t enjoy it.
The old man asked calmly, young man, I was young too, but are you old? The Avril did.