From: South Carolina, USA
22 August 1938
The USSR was surprised the Germans did not accept the Soviet offer of peace. The Red Army moved to guard our borders and chose positions that were available with causing any casualties to German troops.
As the Germans are at war with us we accepted the British offer of alliance. As our care to avoid German casualties shows the USSR is a peaceful nation, and our peace offer to Germany is, of course, still on the table.
Anxious to show his health and vigor, Stalin flew on a grand review of the Red Army. What a pleasure to see 2,513 battalions of well equipped riflemen, 104 squadrons of armored fighting vehicles, artillery, and, overhead, the wings of Red airmen.
We were pleased and humbled to see the devotion to the motherland, proud home of the communist ideal, shown by Red Army troops.