The International Situation and the Red Army

IV. The Events in Germany in the Autumn of 1923

Order No.282

By the Chairman of the Revolutionary War Council of the USSR and People’s Commissar for Military and Naval Affairs, October 30, 1923, No. 282 Moscow

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The sixth anniversary of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [sic] is arriving under the sign of great and terrible events impending in Europe. As we see how the predators of world imperialism are striving to tear to pieces the body of the German people, as we see the heroic efforts being made by the German working class to defend their country’s independence and open their road to the socialist order, we are more than ever filled with resolution to safeguard the independence of the Soviet Union and its future. Our ardent sympathies are with the working people of all countries. Our efforts are directed at preserving peace. But the military vigilance of the Soviet Government will not slacken so long as the predatory schemes of imperialism are still in being.

On November 7, on the sixth anniversary of our great revolution, the troops will march with ceremony before the working people. In our parade, as always, there will be no frivolous fervour, no warlike challenge. Our procession will be a demonstration for peace between the peoples. But, more than ever before, it will be an expression of our common readiness to repulse anyone who encroaches on our peace and our labour.

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