V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on August 19, 1920
Published: First published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV. Printed from the typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 418b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Trotsky will inform you in detail of the decision of the Politbureau,[1] from which you will learn that we fully share your view. It is essential to strain all efforts so that the Byelorussian workers and peasants, even if in bast shoes and unclothed, but immediately, with revolutionary speed, would give you three and four times as many reinforcements.

Further, agitation from aeroplanes for the Polish workers and peasants, to the effect that their capitalists are preventing peace and are condemning them to needless bloodshed, should be increased tenfold.



[1] This refers to a decision of the Politbureau of the C.C., R.C.P.(B.) dated August 19, 1920, following the reports by Stalin and Trotsky on the military situation on the Polish and Wrangel fronts. In the decision it was recorded: = “a) To recognise the Wrangel front as the main front.... = b) To convene the Orgbureau tomorrow to decide the question of a further mobilisation of Communists, = c) To adopt extra measures to speed up general mobilisation of Byelorussians, = d) To transfer the 6th Division of the 1st Mounted Army to the Wrangel front.... = e) To send 55 per cent of the mobilised Communists to the Wrangel front, and the remainder to the Western Front.” = (Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 51, p. 446.)

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