On May 25, 1918, a mutiny of the Czechoslovak corps broke out. Soviet power was overthrown throughout the entire Trans-Siberian Railway. Omsk was occupied on June 6, 1918. On June 14, the last red detachments left Tobolsk. The Red Guards retreated by steamboats along the Tobol and Tavda to the Karatunka station. On June 20, the Czechoslovaks occupied Tyumen, the Whites occupied Tobolsk.
Power in the province passed to the Provisional Siberian Government. In November 1918, Admiral Kolchak overthrew the regime of the Siberian Directory and was proclaimed the Supreme Ruler of Russia. Kolchak's rise to power helped unite the forces of the Whites, and already in December 1918 Perm, which is of great strategic importance, was taken.
In the first half of 1919, the forces of the Reds strengthened. Iron discipline in the Red Army contributed to this. The number of the armed forces of the Soviet Republic increased due to conscription. There was no unity among the whites.
In August 1919, it became clear that the front could not be broken and the Red offensive could not be stopped. On August 7, Tobolsk hosted the Minister of Internal Affairs V.N. Pepelyaev. He spoke to the public of the city and expressed the hope that Tobolsk will not be affected by the front line, and perhaps the city will avoid evacuation. However, on September 3, 1919, Red Army units entered Tobolsk. With great difficulty, the city was recaptured on September 27.
The Tobolsk Front was of particular importance for Siberia. Tobolsk was called Siberian Kiev. Kiev is the western capital of Russia. Tobolsk is the western capital of Siberia.
On October 11, 1919, A.V. Kolchak visited Tobolsk. The Supreme ruler inspected the St. Sophia Assumption Cathedral and the grave of Bishop Hermogenes. Then A.V. Kolchak was a guest of Bishop Irinarch. Then, he drove to the Tobolsk Provincial Museum and visited Ermak's Garden. In Tobolsk, Kolchak held a meeting with representatives of the city authorities about the removal of valuables.
On November 10, 1919, the White forces left Omsk and retreated to the east. The infamous Ice March to Irkutsk was accompanied by the loss of cities and numerous human casualties of the White army. On January 15, 1920, in Irkutsk, the Czechs arrested the Supreme Ruler of Russia and handed him over to the Reds. On the night of February 6-7, 1920, A.V. Kolchak was shot.
The civil war continued…