First published in full in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, , Moscow, Volume 35, page 438.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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February 27, 1920
Of course, the Defence Council will not object to the disbanding of the army clerical staff. All the symptoms are that Poland will present us with absolutely unreasonable, even arrogant terms. All attention must be directed to preparing, strengthening the Western Front. I should think extraordinary measures essential for rapid transportation of everything possible to the Western Front from Siberia and from the Urals. I am afraid we have been in a little too much of a hurry with the labour armies, if we don’t use them entirely to accelerate deliveries to the Western Front. We have to give out the watchword of being ready for war with Poland.
 In his telegram of February 26, 1920 Trotsky wrote that it would be inexpedient to maintain the whole clerical staff of the 3rd Army, which had been transferred to labour service. The army had only one infantry and one cavalry division. The telegram further stated that the Field H. Q. had given its assent to the disbanding of the army clerical staffs and requested the opinion of the Defence Council. Lenin marked the telegram “Report to the Defence Council”.
 Lenin refers to the transfer of certain Rod Army units to labour service at the beginning of 1920, so that, they could ho used for purposes of reconstruction. The war with bourgeois-landowner Poland and Wrangel forced the Government to return the labour armies to the fighting line.