Moscow, November 7, 1942
Information Bulletin, Embassy of the U.S.S.R., November 10, 1942.
Comrades, Red Army men, commanders and political workers men and women guerrillas, working people of the Soviet Union!
On behalf of the Soviet Government and our Bolshevik Party I greet and congratulate you on the day of the 25th anniversary of the victory of the Great October Socialist Revolution. A quarter of a century ago, workers and peasants under the leadership of the Bolshevik Party and the great Lenin established the power of the Soviets in our country. Since that time the peoples of the Soviet Union have traversed a glorious road. In 25 years our country has become a mighty socialist industrial power with collective agriculture.
Having gained liberty and independence, the peoples of the Soviet country are united in inviolable fraternal companionship The Soviet people have freed themselves of all oppression and by persevering labor ensured a well-to-do and cultural life for themselves.
The peoples of our country meet today on the 25th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution, in the heat of violent struggle against the German-fascist invaders and their associates in Europe. At the beginning of this year, in the winter period, the Red Army dealt heavy blows to the German-fascist troops. Having beaten off the German attack on Moscow, it took the initiative in its own hands, passed to the offensive and drove the German troops westward, liberating a number of regions of our country from German slavery. The Red Army thus demonstrated that under certain favorable conditions it can overwhelm the German-fascist troops.
In the summer, however, the situation on the front changed for the worse. Taking advantage of the absence of a second front in Europe, the Germans and their allies swept up all their reserves, hurled them against our Ukrainian front and pierced it. At the cost of heavy losses the German-fascist troops succeeded in advancing southward and creating a threat to Stalingrad, the Black Sea Coast, Grozny and the approaches to Transcaucasia. True, the staunchness and gallantry of the Red Army thwarted the German plans of outflanking Moscow from the east and striking at the capital of our country from the rear. The enemy has been checked at Stalingrad. However, having been checked at Stalingrad and having already lost there tens of thousands of officers and men, the enemy hurls into action fresh divisions, exerting his last efforts. The struggle on the Soviet-German front is growing in intensity. On the outcome of this struggle depends the fate of the Soviet State, the freedom and independence of our country.
Our Soviet people has stood with credit the trials that have fallen to its lot, and is imbued with unshakable faith in victory. The war proved a severe test of the strength and stability of the Soviet system. The calculations of the German imperialists on the disintegration of the Soviet State completely failed. Socialist industry, the collective farming system, the friendship of the peoples of our country, the Soviet State, have proved stable and impregnable. Workers and peasants, all intellectuals of our country, the whole of our rear, conscientiously and selflessly work to supply the requirements of our front.
The Red Army bears the brunt of the war against Hitlerite Germany and her associates. By its selfless struggle against the fascist armies it has won the affection and respect of all the freedom-loving peoples of the world. Red Army men and commanders who formerly lacked sufficient military experience have learned to strike at the enemy without missing, to annihilate his manpower and materiel, to thwart the enemy's designs, to staunchly defend our towns and villages from the foreign enslavers. The heroic defenders of Moscow and Tula, Odessa and Sevastopol, Leningrad and Stalingrad, have set examples of supreme courage, iron discipline, staunchness and the ability to win. Our whole Red Army emulates these heroes.
The enemy has already felt on its own hide the Red Army's ability for resistance. He will yet feel the weight of the Red Army's smashing blows. There can be no doubt that the German invaders will yet embark on new adventures. But the enemy's forces are already undermined and strained to the limit. In the course of the war the Red Army has put out of action over 8,000,000 enemy officers and men. At present the Hitlerite army, with an admixture of Rumanians, Hungarians, Italians and Finns, has become considerably weaker than it was in the summer and autumn of 1941.
Comrades, Red Army men, commanders and political workers, men and women guerrillas! It is on your perseverance, staunchness, fighting skill and readiness to discharge your duty to the country that the defeat of the German-fascist army and the liberation of the Soviet land from the Hitlerite invaders depend! We can and must clear the Soviet land of Hitlerite vermin. To do this it is essential:
(1) Steadfastly and stubbornly to defend the line of our front, not to allow the enemy to advance further, to strain all efforts to wear down the enemy, to annihilate his manpower and to destroy his equipment;
(2) To strengthen to the maximum the iron discipline, strict order and singleness of command in our army, to perfect the military training of our troops, stubbornly and persistently to prepare devastating blows against the enemy;
(3) To fan the flames of the people's guerrilla movement in the rear of the enemy, to devastate the enemy rear and to exterminate the German-fascist scoundrels.
Comrades, the enemy has already experienced the force of the blows of the Red Army before Rostov, before Moscow, before Tikhvin. The day is not far off when the enemy will feel the force of new blows of the Red Army.
There will be a holiday in our streets!
Long live the 25th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution!
Long live our Red Army!
Long live our Red Navy!
Long live our gallant men and women guerrillas!
Death to the German-fascist invaders!
People's Commissar of Defense, Stalin.