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Stalin and the Soviet-Finnish War, 1939-1940 : Soviet Russian Study of War - Harold Shukman

Stalin and the Soviet-Finnish War, 1939-1940

Soviet Russian Study of War

By: Harold Shukman (Editor, Introduction by), E. N. Kulkov (Editor), Alexander O. Chubaryan (Editor), Oleg Aleksandrovich Rzheshevskii (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th January 2002
ISBN: 9780714652030
Number Of Pages: 336

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From 14-17 April 1940, a meeting was held in the Kremlin to examine and analyze the performance of the Red Army in the recent Soviet-Finnish War. T he participants were all the army commanders who had taken part in the campaign, and some members of the Politburo, notably Stalin, Molotov and Voroshilov. This book is an English translation of the verbatim record held in the Russian State Socio-Political History Archives in Moscow. Marshals Kliment Voroshilov and Grigory Kulik co-chaired the sessions, but it was Stalin who guided the proceedings. Forty-six regimental, divisional, corps, army and front commanders, and senior Red Army officials delivered their reports and engaged in debate. Stalin gave a long speech at the closing of the last session in which he expounded his views on all aspects of military policy.
This unique document is the sole verbatim record of a secret meeting at which fundamental issues of military policy and the state of the armed forces were discussed, and a programme of further military construction chartered. The report reveals the atmosphere of Soviet summits, as well as the mentality of senior figures. It conveys a real picture of the war through the eyes of the responsible participants, from political leaders to commanders of military units.
The materials of the meeting are a valuable source for the study of the history of the Soviet Union and international relations during a time of complex diplomatic manoeuvring. They clarify the mechanisms of decision-making by Soviet leaders at the onset of the World War II, and depict specific features of the dictatorial autocracy which overwhelmingly determined the life of the Soviet Union and the Soviet Armed Forces.

Mapsp. vii
Illustrationsp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Forewordp. xv
Introductionp. xix
Meeting of the Command Personnel at the Central Committee at the All-Union Communist Party (Bolshevik) for Collecting Experience in the War Operations against Finland, 14-17 April, Verbatim Record
First Session, 14 April 1940, Evening
Khrenov
Kirponos
Oborin
Parsegov
Pshennikov
Rosly
Semenov
Sinitsyn
Stalin
Voroshilovp. 1
Second Session, 15 April 1940, Morning
Alabushev
Bychevsky
Chernyak
Klich
Kozlov
Kryukov
Kulik
Lelyushenko
Meretskov
Mukhin
Nedvigin
Novoselsky
Stalin
Voroshilovp. 31
Third Session, 15 April 1940, Evening
Batov
Chuikov
Frolov
Gorelenko
Kravchenko
Kulik
Mekhlis
Muravyov
Stalin
Vasilievp. 67
Fourth Session, 16 April 1940, Morning
Kopets
Kulik
Kurdyumov
Mekhlis
Meretskov
Mladentsev
Molotov
Ptukhin
Shevchenko
Shtern
Stalinp. 99
Fifth Session, 16 April 1940, Evening
Khrulev
Kulik
Mekhlis
Meretskov
Rychagov
Shaposhnikov
Shchadenko
Shtern
Stalin
Vashugin
Zhdanovp. 139
Sixth Session, 17 April 1940, Morning
Ermakov
Kovalev
Kulik
Kurdyumov
Mekhlis
Meretskov
Proskurov
Shaposhnikov
Stalin
Vashuginp. 181
Seventh Session, 17 April 1940, Evening
Grendal
Kulik
Kuznetsov
Mamsurov
Mekhlis
Meretskov
Molotov
Pavlov
Proskurov
Shchandenko
Shtern
Smorodinov
Stalin
Vasiliev
Voronov
Zaporozhetsp. 217
List and Biographies of Participantsp. 277
Mapsp. 288
Indexp. 292
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ISBN: 9780714652030
ISBN-10: 0714652032
Series: Soviet Russian Study of War
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 30th January 2002
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.62
Edition Number: 1