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On the Eve of
the Great Patriotic War
September 1, 1939 – June 22, 1941
Message from Soviet People’s Commissar of Internal Affairs L. Beria to Soviet People’s Commissar of Defence K. Voroshilov about the secret redeployment of Franco-British troops to the Middle East
4 November 1939
Russian State Military Archive
Coll. 33987, ser. 3а, fold. 1242, f. 124.