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On the Eve of
the Great Patriotic War
September 1, 1939 – June 22, 1941
Excerpt from the diary of Soviet Plenipotentiary Representative in Great Britain I. Maisky about the situation on the Western Front, the war at sea, and the reasons for the passivity of conflicting parties
24 October 1939
Archive of Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation
Coll. 017а, ser. 1, box 2, fold. 7, ff. 294–296v.
Summary of the 5th Red Army Directorate № 77 about events in the West: Anglo-German peace talks in Spain, mobilisation in Hungary, the attitude of Germany and Italy to the incorporation of Bessarabia into the Soviet Union, etc.
2 July 1940
Russian State Military Archive
Coll. 33988, ser. 4а, fold. 36, ff. 13–16.