Written: Written between the end of September and October 1918
Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXI. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 149b-150a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear L. B.,
Get well quickly.
About “the fine theory of manoeuvring”.
All theories are good if they correspond to objective reality.
But our reality has changed, for if Germany is defeated, it becomes impossible to manoeuvre, for there are no longer the two belligerents, between whom we were manoeuvring!!
Attention. Britain would gobble us up, were it not for ... the Red Army.
I don’t think we should start talks about revision of Brest, as that now would be running ahead.... We must wait and see.
 This word is in English in the original.—Ed.