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On the Eve of
the Great Patriotic War
September 1, 1939 – June 22, 1941
Abridged transcript of J. Stalin’s speech at the graduation ceremony of the Red Army Academy in the Kremlin about the modernization of the Soviet Armed Forces and German aggression in Europe
5 May 1941
Russian State Archive of Social and Political History
Coll. 558, ser. 1, fold. 3808, ff. 1–12.