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Contrary to the spontaneous overthrow of the czarist regime the Bolsheviks November Revolution was a highly strategic military takeover coordinated with the Second Congress of Soviets However Leon Davidovich Trotsky believed that if the Bolsheviks had attempted to revolt any later they would have failed Leon Trotsky and Vladimir Lenin lead the Bolsheviks to victory on the night of November 7 1917 Their attack was anticipated by the Provisional Government and the Government was confident that any attempts would be easily thwarted Colonel GP Polkovnikov declared that he was ready for the attack Alexander Kerensky was hoping that the Bolsheviks would attack in a manner that would be easily crushed by the Government Unfortunately Kerensky had underestimated the Bolsheviks On November 5 the garrison at Peter and Paul Fortress surrendered after a tirade by 20000 Red Guards After that small victory Kerensky accused Lenin of treason and ordered the arrest of the Military Revolutionary Committee MRC leaders In response to the accusation and the orders by the Provisional Government the MRC took quick action By the early hours of November 7 the Red Guards had taken control of the railroad stations the central telephone exchange and the State Bank Later that evening the Red Guards invaded the Winter Palace The Womens Battalion was rounded up and dispersed while the ministers surrendered without resistance This attack could hardly be considered an assault as only six of the attackers and none of the defenders were killed The Provisional Government had fallen almost without resistance After the seizure of power Kerensky attempted one last counterattack Backed by General NN Krasnov Kerensky tried to move in on Petrograd However small military uprisings in Petrograd organized by modern socialists were crushed and when Krasnov advanced with around 700 Cossacks he was effortlessly thwarted Within several weeks the Bolsheviks had established a majority of the control over Russia The victory of the Bolsheviks was not a result of luck There were
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