Written: Written in September 1919
Published: First published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 287b-288a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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The question of reinforcing the division taken from the Eastern Front must be urgently worked up.
Cannot we add to it 20–30% of new recruits? Mobilised workers? Perhaps 5% of Communists, 15% of workers, 10% of peasants? Then it would be augmented by 30%. Perhaps this is technically admissible (without weakening the whole division as regards toughness)?
This must be urgently considered and decided.
Further, the dispatch of rifles to the Eastern Front must now be stepped up.
Should not the Eastern Front be given the following assignment: to consider and carry out a regrouping of the troops so as to reinforce all the divisions by 15–30 per cent and thereby bring the whole army up to its previous strength?