In Animal Farm, how is the Battle of the Cowshed allegorical?

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The Battle of the Cowshed in Orwell's novella Animal Farm allegorically represents the infighting that took place during the Russian Civil War of 1917-1922. During the Russian Civil War, the Red Army, which was led by Leon Trotsky, battled the loosely allied forces known as the White Army, which comprised of monarchists, capitalists, and alternative socialists. Additionally, eight foreign nations also intervened in the conflict to fight against the Bolshevik Red Army during the Russian Civil War. Eventually, Trotsky's Red Army defeated the White Army and controlled the newly formed Soviet Union by the end of the war. In Orwell's novella, Snowball, who allegorically represents Leon Trotsky, leads the animal forces against Mr. Jones and his men and they successfully defeat the humans at the Battle of the Cowshed. Shortly after the Battle of the Cowshed, Napoleon usurps power, chases Snowball off the farm, and begins ruling Animal Farm as a ruthless tyrant.

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The Battle of the Cowshed represents Leon Trotsky's unification of the Russian army and his military victories over occupying Germany. In reality, Germany tried to invade Russia, and was only repelled when Trotsky led the Soviet army in several battles. Snowball, who represents Trotsky, is the one who sees the human attack coming, and prepares the farm for it.

This had long been expected, and all preparations had been made. Snowball, who had studied an old book of Julius Caesar's campaigns which he had found in the farmhouse, was in charge of the defensive operations.
(Orwell, Animal Farm,

It is telling that Napoleon plays little part in this battle, but later claims to have been a decisive fighter and awards himself medals based on nothing. Like Stalin, who took credit for Trotsky's successes while vilifying him, Napoleon allows others to take the risks and he assumes the credit.

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