First published in 1941 in the book: M. V. Frunze na frontakh grazhdanskoi voiny. Sbornik dokumentov.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 459a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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28. X. 1920
Frunze, Commander of the Southern Front
Copy to Trotsky
In reply to your No. 001/IIIII. I am indignant at your optimistic tone, when you yourself report that there is only one chance in a hundred that the main task, set long ago, will be successful. If things are so outrageously bad, I ask you to discuss measures of the utmost urgency for bringing up heavy artillery, for constructing lines for its transport, for getting sappers, and so on.
 The document is the reply to a telegram from Frunze sent to Lenin on October 26, 1920, from Apostolovo station, in which Frunze reported: “I have just given the final order for a general offensive. The decisive days will be October 30 and 31 and November 1. I have no doubt about the rout of the enemy’s main forces. They will not succeed in withdrawing beyond the isthmuses by the time we strike. I consider that the chance of an immediate capture of the isthmuses is not more than one in a hundred.” (M. V. Frunze na frontakh grazhdanskoi voiny, Sbornik dokumentov, Moscow, 1941, p. 415.)