90 Lenin and Trotsky

The October Revolution of 1917 was followed by an extended civil war, in which Lev Trotsky (1879-1940) was the commander of the Red Army. In this telegram exchange – part of a series of 800 documents that the IISH purchased in 1936 – Lenin writes in late August 1918 that he is “shocked and disconcerted” that the attack on Kazan has been delayed. The enemy must “be destroyed mercilessly.” Trotsky responds that the assumption that he is sparing Kazan is unfounded. The enemy was too strong, but he hopes for a swift resolution.

Exchange of telegrams between Lenin and Trockij
Exchange of telegrams between Lenin and Trockij
Exchange of telegrams between Lenin and Trockij

Exchange of telegrams between Lenin and Trockij
19-21 August 1918
Telegrams, 5 x 10, 16 x 20, 20 x 12
Trockij Papers, no 799

Date: 
1918
Number: 
90