The History of Commissar

Characters of Commissar

Commissar is based largely on real historical events and people. Here is a handy reference to who is a real historical person and who...

Weapons of Commissar: Mauser C96

The iconic Mauser "broom handle" pistol was popular on both sides of the Russian civil war. Although not as ubiquitous as the Nagant revolver,...

Weapons of Commissar: Mark V Tank

The British heavy tanks are probably some of the most recognizable machines of WWI. Manufactured by the Metropolitan Carriage and Wagon Company in Birmingham,...

Weapons of Commissar: Armored Trains

During the Russian Civil War, both the Reds and the Whites relied on trains to move troops and equipment across Russia's vast expanses. Many...

Allied Intervention in Russia: Siberia

One of the events in the novel Commissar is the Allied intervention in Russia. Overshadowed by World War I, this is an often-forgotten episode...

Dora (Fanny) Kaplan

One of many factual events in the novel Commissar is the attempted assassination of the Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin. In the evening of August...

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