15000 Russian soldiers staging during the Battle of Galicia, a major battle between Russia and Austria-Hungary during the early stages of World War I in 1914. In the course of the battle, the Austro-Hungarian armies were severely defeated and forced out of Galicia, while the Russians captured Lemberg (now Lviv, Ukraine) and, for approximately nine months, ruled Eastern Galicia.
Tsar Nicholas II, on horseback holding an icon, during prayers before a battle at the front on the Eastern Front. As the last Emperor of Russia, Nicholas II ruled the country from 1894 until his abdication in 1917. Unable or unwilling to leave the country, he and his family were murdered at the hands of the Bolsheviks on the cusp of the 1918 Revolution.