The Bolsheviki each day grew stronger and, knowing that among their opponents they would always find the Cossacks, they used their influence to have these splendid men kept at the front. Here they are riding to take up a position which had previously been held by troops who had now gone home to demand their share in the distribution of the land. It is due to the Cossacks and the Battalions of Death that there was any Russian front at all during 1917.