Political Discontent Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… The German home front took a turn for the worst in the winter of 1916-1917 as the Western Front had stalemated and the war in the East was still underway. Resources were stretched well …show more content…
Before the war’s end discontent amongst German troops was best evidenced, “In August 1917, in the German naval port of Wilhelmshaven on the North Sea, (where) some 400 unhappy sailors defied their officers, left their warships, and spent several hours milling about the town’s taverns. Then, the same evening, they returned to their ships. Their action constituted the famous German ‘naval mutiny,’ the most serious case of organized indiscipline in the German armed forces during the war. However, whilst this mutiny was a clear breakdown in military order, it does not evidence any political motivations amongst the sailors, but rather it was committed out of “frustration and boredom.” Nevertheless, “Anti-war literature had been found in Kiel, another major naval base, and the navy’s leaders believed that several mutineers had ties to the USPD.” The finding of this extreme socialist literature better evidences the fears of the German commanders that Bolshevism was influencing the troops, more so than it does the reasoning behind the mutiny. Yet, it is clear that for some soldiers on the Eastern Front Bolshevism played a large role in shaping their political ideals and revolutionary zeal, as Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius argues, “The contact these men had with natives was damaging, it seemed to officials, who claimed to see its consequences in …show more content…
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