V. I.   Lenin

Notes at a Meeting of
The Commission on Cartridges[1]

Written: December 5, 1918
Published: First published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV. Printed from the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 2nd English Edition, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, pages 117b-118a.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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First meeting of the Commission on Cartridges December 5, 1918

Tula Cartridge Factory.

Measures for increasing output:

New management.


Third shift (+2000 people).

Emancipation from the (Tula) labour exchange.

Extra equipment (from remaining stocks in Petrograd).

Production records and statistics: weekly.

Foreign samples.

How to muster in Russia highly skilled workers?

Inviting specialists from abroad.

Task to the Science and Technical Department

Keeping proper weekly records of production.

Cartridges per worker a day:
      1916 : 240
      1918 : 225

Factory’s output

maximum 1916 :35 million

1918: months XII-16-18-20
(perhaps 25-27) million

1919: I —16 —20
II —18 —25
III —20 —27
IV —22 —29
V —25 —31
VI —28 —33
VII —35

Within a month or two months introduce three shifts.


[1] On December 4, 1918, during the discussion of the question ofintroducing a third shift at the Tula cartridge and small arms factories, the Council of Defence set up a special commission to deal with this matter. The commission on cartridges met on December 5 and was attended y V. I. Lenin, L. B.Krasin (Chairman of the Extraordinary Commission on Red Army Supply), E. M. Sklyansky (Vice-Chairman of the Revolutionary Military Council of the Republic), Commander-in- Chief I. I. Vatsetis, and representatives of the Chief Artillery Board, the Tula Cartridge Factory and others-altogether 17 people. The commission passed decisions having the force of Defence Council decisions; they were based on the measures outlined by Lenin in his notes (see Lenin Miscellany XXXIV , pp. 55-57).

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