London: Michael Joseph Ltd., 1947. — 153 p.Everyone who visits Russia writes a book about it. I first visited Russia to see their manoeuvres in 1936, and later I was head of the British Military Mission in Russia from April 1943 till February 1944. I am therefore due for at least one book on Russia. This book is written to express the views which I formed and felt at the time in those momentous days and the views which I have subsequently formed as the result of more recent events. The greatest and most important body in Russia is the Red Army. It is therefore only natural that a large part of this book is devoted to the affairs of this army. The Government and the Army have, however, always been very closely connected. Both their affairs are therefore related side by side. Taken as a whole the story is complimentary to Russia. Some of the tales, however, will read unpleasantly to the British ear. These conditions which existed at the time in Russia must, however, be taken into account. As it is so important for us to have good relations with Russia, it may be thought that some of these tales should have been omitted. All my experience with the Russians, however, points to the importance of having perfectly open and straight speech with them. They cannot bear our suave and diplomatic ways and concealing the criticisms which they know we make behind their backs. It is far better to tell the whole truth quite openly. Two nations cannot get on together without frank talk. The Russians cannot understand why we set such great store on human life. We ourselves set a much lower standard a few hundred years ago. There is no reason at all why these matters should not be discussed quite freely with the Russians. In fact, that is the only way to come to any real understanding with them. No new exposures are made in this book. The tales which are told have no doubt all been related by the individuals concerned to their friends. They have, however, been collected in this book so that deductions may be drawn which may help to spread a true realisation of the position of Russia in these times.ContentsPrefaceThe Russian Manoeuvres in 1936A Visit to Russia The Course of the Operations Our Deductions from these Manoeuvres Personalities of the Russian Commanders The Final Parade Our Visits to Factories and Other Establishments Our Conclusions about RussiaRussian Reactions on the Outbreak of WarThe Russian Attitude towards Great Britain Economic and Political Reactions The Military Situation Germany Breaks Her TreatyGermany Invades RussiaThe German Advance Our British Military Mission to Russia Our Visit to the Front The Red Army Our Deductions from this Visit Our Discussions with the Russian General Staff A Comparison between British and Russian Armoured ForcesRussian Conditions and Outlook during the War The Asiatic Outlook Has Russia Changed? The Secret Police (N.K.V.D.) The Standard of Living Russia’s Attitude to the Outside World The Military Aspect Life in the British Military MissionOur Dealings with the Russians in the North Our Convoy Work to North Russia Our Domestic Relations with the Russians Examples of Our Treatment by the Russians Life in North RussiaThe Turning Point of the War Our Discussions with the Russians before the Operations The Course of the Operations A Process of Attrition Our Relations with the Russians receive a Set-back The Advance beyond the Dnieper The Russian War Effort Building Up the Communications Behind the Red ArmyThe Moscow, Cairo and Teheran Conferences The Moscow Conference The Cairo Conference The Teheran Conference The Case of Signalmen Prior and Loades The Pravda IncidentSome Incidents in RussiaOur Direct Air Line from England to Moscow Russian Prisoners of War The Kharkov AtrocitiesRussia with Victory in Sight Closing in on Germany The Russians Change their Outlook The Political and Economic Situation An Address to the Conservative Members in the HouseLooking Back on the War The Russian Views A Defence Minister The Strategy of the First World War Casualties in the World Wars A Defence Minister in the First World War A Defence Minister in the Second World War A Second Front in 1942 A Second Front in 1943 ConclusionConclusions on RussiaCertain Criticisms The Communist Party in Russia Questions about Russia Our Course of Action The FutureRussia’s Place in the WorldThe Development of UNO The World Organised in Empires
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