Delivered: May 12, 1920
Published: K Novoi Armii (To a New Army) No. 6 June 1, 1920. Printed from the text of the magazine K Novel Armii.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 2nd English Printing, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, pages 190b-191a.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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In a speech to the newly promoted Red commanders Lenin spoke about the things a Red commander should know when going out to the Western Front. A Red commander should remember that we were fighting, not the Polish workers and peasants, but the Polish bourgeoisie and landowners, as well as the capitalists of the Entente who stood behind them and controlled the Polish landed gentry. You know, Comrade Lenin said, that this war has been forced on us against our desire, but we are not going to let ourselves be crushed: better death than defeat.