(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
May 09, 2010
STALIN�S ADDRESS TO SOVIET PEOPLE
�We are not Alone in This War�
Below we reproduce excerpts from the radio broadcast Comrade J V Stalin made to the Soviet and the world peoples on July 3, 1941, after the Nazi attack on the
COMRADES, citizens, brothers and sisters, men of our Army and Navy! My words are addressed to you, dear friends!
The perfidious military attack
by Hitlerite Germany on
our Fatherland begun on June 22 is continuing. In spite of the heroic
resistance of the Red Army, and although the enemy's finest divisions
finest air force units have already been smashed and have met their
doom on the
field of battle, the enemy continues to push forward, hurling fresh
the front. Hitler's troops have succeeded in capturing
How could it have happened that our glorious Red Army surrendered a number of our cities and districts to the fascist armies? Is it really true that the German fascist troops are invincible, as the braggart fascist propagandists are ceaselessly blaring forth?
Of course not! History shows
that there are no invincible
armies and never have been. Napoleon's army was considered invincible,
was beaten successively by the armies of
As to part of our territory
having nevertheless been
seized by the German fascist troops, this is chiefly due to the fact
war of fascist
It may be asked: How could the
Soviet government have
consented to conclude a non-aggression pact with such perfidious
fiends as Hitler and Ribbentrop? Was this not an error on the part of
Soviet government? Of course not! Non-aggression pacts are pacts of
between two states. It was such a pact that
What did we gain by concluding
the non-aggression pact
What has fascist Germany gained and what has she lost by perfidiously tearing up the pact and attacking the USSR? She has gained a certain advantageous position for her troops for a short period of time, but she has lost politically by exposing herself in the eyes of the entire world as a bloodthirsty aggressor. There can be no doubt that this short-lived military gain for Germany is only an episode, while the tremendous political gain of the USSR is a weighty and lasting factor that is bound to forth the basis for the development of outstanding military successes of the Red Army in the war with fascist Germany.
That is why� all the peoples of our country, all the finest men and women of Europe, America and Asia, and, finally, all the finest men and women of Germany denounce the treacherous acts of the German fascists, sympathise with the Soviet government, approve its conduct, and see that ours is a just cause, that the enemy will be defeated, and that we are bound to win.
In consequence of this war which has been forced upon us, our country has come to death grips with its bitterest and most cunning enemy --- German fascism. Our troops are fighting heroically against an enemy armed to the teeth with tanks and aircraft�.. The soldiers of the Red Army are displaying unparalleled valour. Our resistance to the enemy is growing in strength and power. Side by side with the Red Army, the entire Soviet people is rising in defence of our native land.
What is required to put an end to the danger imperilling our country and what measures must be taken to smash the enemy?
Above all it is essential that our people, the Soviet people, should appreciate the full immensity of the danger that threatens our country and give up all complacency, casualness and the mentality of peaceful constructive work that was so natural before the war, but which is fatal to-day, when war has radically changed the whole situation. The enemy is cruel and implacable. He is out to seize our lands watered by the sweat of our brows, to seize our grain and oil secured by the labour of our hands�.
All our work must be immediately reorganised on a war footing, everything must be subordinated to the interests of the front and the task of organising the destruction of the enemy�..
We must strengthen the Red Army's rear, subordinating all our work to this end; all our industries must be got to work with greater intensity, to produce more rifles, machineguns, guns, cartridges, shells, planes; we must organise the guarding of factories, power stations, telephonic and telegraphic communications, and arrange effective air-raid protection in all localities.
We must wage a ruthless fight against all disorganisers of the rear, deserters, panic-mongers and rumour-mongers�.We must bear in mind that the enemy is crafty, unscrupulous, experienced in deception and the dissemination of false rumours�.
In case of a forced retreat of Red Army units, all rolling stock must be evacuated, the enemy must not be left a single engine, a single railway car, not a single pound of grain or gallon of fuel. The collective farmers must drive off all their cattle and turn over their grain to the safe keeping of the state authorities for transportation to the rear. All valuable property, including non-ferrous metals, grain and fuel that cannot be withdrawn must be destroyed without fail.
In areas occupied by the enemy, guerrilla units, mounted and on foot, must be formed; sabotage groups must be organised to combat enemy units, to foment guerrilla warfare everywhere, blow up bridges and roads, damage telephone and telegraph lines, set fire to forests, stores and transports. In occupied regions conditions must be made unbearable for the enemy and all his accomplices. They must be hounded and annihilated at every step, and all their measures frustrated.
The war with fascist Germany cannot be considered an ordinary war. It is not only a war between two armies; it is also a great war of the entire Soviet people against the German fascist armies. The aim of this national patriotic war in defence of our country against the fascist oppressors is not only to eliminate the danger hanging over our country, but also to aid all the European peoples groaning under the yoke of German fascism. In this war of liberation we shall not be alone. In this great war, we shall have true allies in the peoples of Europe and America, including the German people which is enslaved by the Hitlerite misrulers. Our war for the freedom of our country will merge with the struggle of the peoples of Europe and America for their independence, for democratic liberties. It will be a united front of the peoples standing for freedom and against enslavement and threats of enslavement by Hitler's fascist armies�.
Comrades, our forces are numberless. The overweening enemy will soon learn this to his cost. Side by side with the Red Army many thousands of workers, collective farmers and intellectuals are rising to fight the enemy aggressor. The masses of our people will rise up in their millions. The working people of Moscow and Leningrad have already begun to form huge People's Guards in support of the Red Army. Such People's Guards must be raised in every city which is in danger of enemy invasion; all the working people must be roused to defend with their lives their freedom, their honour and their country in this patriotic war against German fascism�..
All our forces for the support of our heroic Red Army and our glorious Red Navy!
All the forces of the people for the destruction of the enemy!
Forward to victory!