Mannerheim was in the center of a raging Finland 99 years ago. Turned whether the prediction Odessa clairvoyant?
When Lieutenant General of the Russian army, Carl Gustaf Mannerheim (Mannerheim, Carl Gustaf) came to the platform in Helsinki, was “gray and rainy” day. Since then it’s been 99 years. Subsequently, Mannerheim began to suspect that the prediction made by him in Ukraine, started to come true.
Military service Mannerheim on the Romanian front during the First world war ended, he fled from his soldiers to the Ukraine. The reason Mannerheim used an accident during horseback riding: injuries needed to heal. The real reason was the concerns of Mannerheim growing lack of discipline and revolutionary sentiments among the soldiers.
Mannerheim happened to be in Petrograd “during the February revolution” of 1917. He had to hide from the vigilantes of the king’s officers. The king was overthrown, but his place was taken by a Provisional government that continued the war with the Germans. When began a series of defeats, the angry mood among the soldiers increased, and Mannerheim wanted to avoid it.
The prediction, which was difficult to believe
In Odessa Mannerheim lived in the hotel “London”. There he became acquainted with lady Muriel Paget (Muriel “padge” Paget), a member of the British red cross on the Rumanian front. One evening, lady Paget was invited Mannerheim in a “narrow and empty room with a shiny floor” in a conversation with a clairvoyant.
Assistant clairvoyant had to pass a note with questions. Mannerheim was asked about the daughters who lived in London and Paris. Then he asked about his brothers and sisters. Then he asked a question concerning himself. The answer was the following:
“Soon I had to make a long journey and afterwards to accept a higher than until now, command and lead the army to victory. My share will fall a great honor, but after that I would give up my high post. I soon, however, will go to two great Western countries with important responsibilities that you perform. From this journey I return to an even higher post, but this time my hard work will be short-lived. Many years later I once again rise to very high position.”
Mannerheim argued that it was difficult to listen to predictions with a serious look.
“Better to die with a sword in hand”
Soon came the information that the Bolsheviks seized power in Petrograd. They hated the king, loyal people still stronger than the rebels, who were in power previously. Mannerheim decided to leave Odessa.
He went to Petersburg in the car, which he asked for himself and a small group of fellow travelers: English nurses and cadet, Romanian doctors, orderly, and servants of Mannerheim.
During the trip the train stopped at the station “Mogilev”, where nearby there was a Supreme commander. Out on the platform Mannerheim saw people crying over a puddle of blood. He asked what happened. It turned out that the platform has just been murdered officer. Mannerheim knew him personally. The spirit of the king’s officers was broken.
When they reached Petrograd, Mannerheim heard about the arrests and home searches. He urged his fellow officers to rebel against the Bolsheviks.
“Better to die sword in hand than to receive a bullet in the back or be executed,” said Mannerheim.
But in vain. Comrades in arms already surrendered to his fate and waited for a terrible revenge, officers from suffering because of the war of the masses. Mannerheim realized that his career in the Royal service, which lasted 30 years, ended.
“I like the back, I like the back”
To leave Petrograd was possible only after obtaining the permission in the headquarters of the Bolsheviks in Smolny. Mannerheim did not want to go and tried in vain to transfer to Finland in the headquarters of the army. Mannerheim heard the news that on December 6th Finland declared itself independent. In his memoirs he reveals that he has taken to the headquarters of the army stating, “he has no more reason to serve in the Russian army.”
Mannerheim went to Finland station in Petrograd. The soldiers checked documents. Mannerheim suddenly realized that they were ingermanlanders, and he can speak with them in Finnish. The soldiers only glanced at his ID (they did not get permission).
“I like the back, I like the back,” said one of them was allowed to go.
“The ground was burning under my feet”
Mannerheim arrived in Helsinki 99 years ago, in mid December 1917. He immediately joined the events happening in Finland. The country declared its independence, but no one recognized her. It seems that the radical social Democrats and bourgeois circles began to fight among themselves. Both sides were armed.
After staying in Helsinki for only a week, Mannerheim went back to Petrograd. There he appealed to the head of the French military mission with a request to issue weapons from the French in Murmansk. France still was formally an ally of Russia in the world war, but the situation has changed increasing strength of the Bolsheviks.
“I didn’t have time to wait for a response. The ground was burning under my feet. On the last day of the year, I was already back in Helsinki”, says Mannerheim.
On the last day of the year, the Council of people’s Commissars, headed by Lenin, was awarded the President of the Senate of Peru Avindu Svinhufvud (Per Evind Svinhufvud) a document recognizing the independence of Finland. But that hasn’t stopped preparations for civil war in Finland.
Mannerheim, in contrast to as well as, stood in a different position. He asked for help from France. Supporters of independence of Finland have established relations with Germany and hoped for her help. Tsarist General Mannerheim was drawn to the Western allies in the war. The Svinhufvud Senate still appointed him commander of the troops in 1918.
Odessa fulfilled prophecy?
Probably later, Mannerheim started to think that the Odessa prophecy was true. The first part came true when he went to Finland and led the whites to victory in the civil war:
“I had to make a long journey, and after him to accept higher command, than hitherto, and to lead the army to victory.”
In the Russian army, Mannerheim was an ordinary General, in Finland he became commander.
In the second part of the prophecy said:
“My share will fall a great honor, but after that I would give up my high office”.
Immediately after the civil war, Mannerheim resigned as commander in chief. He did not agree with the German policy orientation of the young Finland and the Finnish subordinate to the German army.
The third part of the prophecy:
“I soon, however, will go to the two Western countries with important responsibilities that you perform. From this journey I return to an even higher post, but this time my hard work will be short”.
In the autumn of 1918, Mannerheim went to England for recognition of Finland’s independence. He then went to France for the restoration of diplomatic relations.
During these trips he also asked for food aid. During trips news came of the defeat of Germany on the Western front.
Plan to put a German king of Finland failed. Mannerheim, who was a supporter of ties with the West, again were invited to Finland, in order to manage it. However, he lost in the presidential elections of 1919, Kaarlo Juho to Stolberg (Kaarlo Juho Ståhlberg).
And the last part of the prophecy:
“Many years later, I once again rise to very high position.”
In 1944, Mannerheim became President of Finland. Perhaps he finally believed that the Odessa psychic was a charlatan.