V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in part in 1858 in the book: N. F. Kuzmin, V. I. Lenin vo glave oborony Sovetskoi strany (1918–1920) (V. I. Lenin at the Head of the Defence (of the Soviet Land (1918–1920)), Moscow. Published in full in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 51. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 270b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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28. VII, 1919

at his present whereabouts

The Politbureau of the C.C. discussed your telegram No. 277/c. It fully agrees with you about the danger of any kind of waverings in the firm carrying out of the plan once it has been adopted.[3] The Politbureau fully recognises the operational authority of the Commander-in-Chief and asks you to make this clear to all top-level executives. The Politbureau appoints Smilga, Serebryakov and Lashevich as members of the Revolutionary Military Council of the Southern Front in addition to the former ones.[2]


[1] Transmitted by direct line.—Ed.

[2] Lenin wrote further: “On behalf of the C.C., Stasova.”—Ed.

[3] This refers to the plan of struggle against Denikin drawn up by the Commander-in-Chief, S. S. Kamenev. According to this plan, the main attack was to be delivered by the left wing of the Southern Front via the Don Region with a secondary attack in the Kharkov direction. The plan was expounded in a directive of the Supreme Command dated July 23, 1919 (see Iz istorii grazhdanskoi voiny v SSSR, Vol. 2, 1961, pp. 499–500). On July 27, 1919, L. D. Trotsky sent a telegram to E. M. Sklyansky, Deputy Chairman of the Revolutionary Military Council of the Republic, in which he reported that “Commander of the Southern Front Yegoriev considers Kamenev’s operational plan for the south to be wrong, and in carrying it out does not expect success” = (Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 51, p. 381). This opinion, Trotsky wrote, was shared by Sokolnikov, member of the Revolutionary Military Council of the front, and Peremytov, Chief of Operations Division,

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