V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1940 in Proletarskaya Revolutsia No. 1. Printed from the typewritten text signed by Lenin.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 262a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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R.M.C., Southern Front

The All-Russia General Headquarters has given me exact information, verified by Kursky, that between May 15 and July quotas fulfilled for the Southern Front amounted to 70,000, and between July 1 and 7 to 22,000. If not received, take special measures and notify me at once whether you still insist on a call-up of the 18-year-olds. Would it not be better for the time being to take others?[2]

Chairman, Council of Defence

July 8, 1919


[1] These words are in Lenin’s handwriting.—Ed.

[2] At the beginning of July the Command of the Southern Front asked Lenin to permit a call-up of 18-year-old working men in districts close to the front. Before putting the matter before the Council of Defence, Lenin asked the All-Russia Chief Headquarters for information about reinforcements sent to the Southern Front. In reply to Lenin’s telegram of July 8, the Revolutionary Military Council of the Southern Front repeated its request. On July 11, 1919, the Council of Defence decided “to permit the R.M.C. of the Southern Front to carry out mobilisation of 18-year-olds in the above-mentioned areas” = (Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 51, p. 378). In addition, the Revolutionary Military Council of the Republic was instructed to adopt measures for the immediate dispatch of the trained units to the fronts, primarily the Southern Front.

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