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In July, General Yudenich was made Commander-in-chief of the Northwestern army of the Whites, and was recognized by Kolchak as his representative. In August, with the aid of England and Estonia, the Russian "Northwestern Government" was established. Yudenich's planned Fall offensive was timed to coincide with the pinnacle of the White's success, as Denikin approached Orel and Tula, the munitions-manufacturing center. From there it was only a short distance to Moscow. Heroic Frenzy covers the battle for Petrograd during this time.
On October 11th, the White's struck in a sudden assault with a force of around 20,000 men. The attack was well executed, with night attacks and maneuvers to turn the flanks of the defending Red army. Yudenich also had six MK V British tanks that caused panic whenever they appeared. Night attacks were very effective.
According to Trotsky, "The Seventh army held the western approaches to Petrograd. The prolonged standstill had impaired its morale. Its watchfulness became dulled; its best workers, even whole detachments, were taken away and sent to the more active sectors of the front. For a revolutionary army, which needs constant charges of enthusiasm, marking time almost always ends in mishap, and often in disaster".
The White's devastating blow threw the Seventh army completely off its balance, and it began to roll them back with little resistance, abandoning their arms and supplies. Lenin concluded fighting Yudenich's army with the latest technical devices was useless unless at the cost of denuding and weakening other Red fronts. Lenin wanted to abandon Petrograd and shorten the front line. It was Trotsky who opposed this and was determined to save Petrograd at all costs.
The White's quickly blitzed and seized Luga and Krasnoye Syelo (beautiful village in Russian) on the 13th, and then Gatchina on the 16th, directing their blow at Petrograd (striking to cut off the railway line connecting Petrograd and Moscow). Trotsky arrived at the Petrograd front just before Gatchina fell finding total confusion of the Red Staff. Panic was too rampant. Trotsky continued to attempt to rally men and officers in order to check the advance but it was impossible. Realizing the hopeless situation, he quickly left the town to organize the defense of Krasnoye Syelo.
On the 20th, Yudenich advanced as far as Krasnoye Syelo. His scouts on horseback could see the gilded dome of St. Isaac's cathedral from the hill!
The Finnish radio prematurely reported the occupation of Petrograd. All through Europe and the rest of the world the news spread that the Red Petrograd had fallen. The Reds were frantic.
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