First published (in facsimile) in 1930 in the book: Grazhdanskaya voina. 1918–1921 (The Civil War, 1918–1921), Vol. III.
Printed from the text in Sklyansky’s handwriting and signed by Lenin.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 128a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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August 10, 1918
M. D. Bonch-Bruyevich, personal
I consider it essential to reinforce the Eastern Front to the utmost. I direct the Supreme Military Council to draw up a plan for the withdrawal of the greatest possible number of units from the Western Front. This plan should be carried out in the shortest possible time. All battle-worthy units should go. The railways will receive orders to let through without delay all units already going to the front, and will make every preparation for handling new ones.
I direct the Supreme Military Council to supervise the accuracy and speed with which the railways fulfil the orders. The Chairman of the Supreme Military Council to report to me about delays.
I place responsibility for the speediest fulfilment of the plan on the Supreme Military Council.
V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars