Exploration in the seven-year war # 004. Treason and exposure of Totleben

After the Russian troops entered Berlin, Totleben immediately entered into close relations with the local authorities and without the knowledge of Chernyshev (who was a senior), concluded a surrender agreement on conditions very favorable to the Prussians. The betrayal of Totleben was one of the main reasons why the Russian army not only failed to consolidate major strategic success - the occupation of the enemy’s capital - but also did not destroy the military stocks and military enterprises in Berlin. The Russians limited themselves to a relatively small contribution and freed the city from standing.


The history of Totleben's appearance in the Russian army and his rapid advancement through the ranks illustrates especially clearly the presence of the extensive espionage network of Friedrich among the high command of the Russian army. Totleben, as a Prussian spy, entered the Russian army on a special assignment from Frederick. Before the war, he expressed a desire to fight against Prussia and was accepted as a volunteer. The general of the Russian service, the German Palmenbach, introduced him for the alleged difference under Kolberg to production in the officer rank. The conference, where this performance went, contrary to all laws on official production, made Totleben immediately major general. This clearly showed the hand of the Friedrich agents operating in the highest military administration of Russia. Even the message of Musin-Pushkin, a Russian resident in Danzig about the unreliability of Totleben, could not prevent the promotion of this seasoned spy. “Last April,” Musin-Pushkin wrote, “from Hamburg I was warned that he (Totleben) was very suspiciously tomo, without having to deal with anyone, okrom resident (Prussian).”


It was possible to expose Totleben only in the summer of 1761 to Lieutenant Colonel Ash, who was under Totleben. Ash drew attention to the suspicious ties of Totleben with the Prussian command. He established that Totleben has large sums of money and is going to acquire a large estate (before this, Totleben had already bought a house and a garden in Pomerania). Ash wrote about his suspicions to the new commander in chief of the Russian army, Field Marshal Buturlin, and shared this with his fellow officers. When one day Totleben ordered one Silesian merchant Isaac Sabatka to be guarded to Kyustrin (Prussian fortress), the officers decided to arrest the latter. Their suspicions were justified. During a search in one of Sabatka’s boots, espionage information was found and among it was Totleben’s encrypted letter. The arrested Totleben, like Sabatki, at first tried to deny his connection with Frederick, but, pinned to the wall, was forced to recognize her. Despite the obvious evidence of Totleben's betrayal, his case was dragged on until 1763, when a military court sentenced him to death. However, Catherine II limited herself to deporting him abroad.


Despite all the machinations of the Friedrich spies, on bribes and direct treason of the tsarist generals, it was not possible to break the heroism and exceptional fighting qualities of the Russian soldiers. Motivated by a feeling of ardent love for their homeland, they truly showed miracles of courage and fearlessness and won numerous victories over the glorified army of the “great” Frederick. began to gain popularity known dark market empire market here you can find all the popular products dark web sites