Marshal Tukachevsky Sends Memo: "Red Army Must Be Taught To Work Faster", 1930
Mikhail Nikolayevich Tukachevsky was a leading Soviet military leader and theoretician from 1918 to 1937. He commanded the Soviet Western Front in the Russo-Polish War of 1920-21 and served as chief of staff of the Red Army from 1925 through 1928, as assistant in thePeople's Commissariat of Defense after 1934 and as commander of the Volga Military District in 1937. He contributed to the modernization of Soviet armament and army force structure in the 1920s and 1930s and became instrumental in the development of aviation, mechanized, and airborne forces. As a theoretician, Tukachevsky was a driving force behind Soviet development of the theory of deep operations. The Soviet authorities accused him of treason and had him shot during the military purges of 1937-38, but "rehabilitated" his reputation in the 1960s. In this March 30, 1934 memorandum, the Marshal states that the Red Army must be taught new methods of working and learn to work faster. Signed, "M. Tukachevsky"
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