From: South Carolina, USA
The Great Patriotic War (Excerpts from the journal of J. Stalin)
The Red Army is advancing into Poland and the Baltic states with low causalities. We are almost being welcomed
and I know this is not because the Poles love us, but they love us better than the Germans. We are thinking of
changing our policy a bit. It is extremely difficult to trust a capitalist government. They have a natural hatred
of communism and that is in the back of their minds constantly. They have behaved well in Eastern Europe, and that
makes me want to encourage such behavior.
The Army has potential, but it is not in full fighting form, nor is the nations production up to speed. The fact
that our troops see Germans across a thin frontier wire is chilling. I hear, although no one tells me to my face,
that the Germans look like very fine troops. There are estimates they are three time as efficient as the Red Army.
The officers are afraid to tell me this, but I suspect it is worse. I did not purge the officer corps because I thought
it would make them more efficient, but because it would make them more loyal. I certainly want good warriors, but first
I want to know who they are fighting for.
So let us prepare for a major conflict, my people make your defenders strong!