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Joseph Stalin

CALLING COMRADES TO ARMS: Just months after Germany invaded the Soviet Union, STALIN orders an increase in the number of infantry trainees

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CALLING COMRADES TO ARMS: Just months after Germany invaded the Soviet Union, STALIN orders an increase in the number of infantry trainees

DS, in Russian, signed in indelible red pencil “J. Stalin,” one page, 8.25 x 12, October 7, 1941. An official memo, headed “Secret,” titled “On Setting Up New and Increasing Numbers of Trainees at Existing Infantry Schools.” In part (translated): “For the purpose of creating an infantry line officer reserve, I hereby order that the following steps be taken: 1. That one military infantry school each be set up in the Transcaucasian and Siberian Military Districts by November 1, 1941 ... [and] that the schools be fully equipped by November 1, 1941.... 2. That the K. E. Voroshilov Ryazan, the 1st Leningrad Order of the Red Banner (Berezniki), the 2nd Leningrad (Glazovo), the Sretensk, and the 2nd Vladivostok military infantry schools be transferred from manning table No. 19/20-B to manning table No. 19/20-A—a complement of 2,000 trainees—as of October 15, 1941.... 3. That the complement of infantry school trainees ... be increased by 250 persons as of November 1, 1941, bringing the complement of trainees at each school up to 2,250 persons....” Small binding-related chips and tears to left margin, creases to two corners, and small, very faint spots, otherwise fine, bright condition. Auction LOA John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and R&R COA.

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  • Dates: #332 - Ended April 16, 2008