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Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Lenin. March 1919

1919

January 1 The C.C. RCP() and the Council of Defense set up a Party commission of inquiry, consisting of J. V. Stalin and F. E. Dzerzhinsky, to investigate the reasons for the surrender of Perm and to adopt measures for the restoration of Party and Soviet work in the area of the Third and Second Armies of the Eastern Front.
January 5 J. V. Stalin and F. E. Dzerzhinsky arrive in Vyatka.
In a letter to V. I. Lenin written from Vyatka, J. V. Stalin and F. E. Dzerzhinsky urge the sending of reinforcements to the Third Army.
Night of January 6 J. V. Stalin and F. E. Dzerzhinsky leave for the headquarters of the Third Army in Glazov.
January 7 J. V. Stalin and F. E. Dzerzhinsky instruct the Regional Party Committee in Vyatka to mobilize Communists for the front.
January 13 J. V. Stalin and F. E. Dzerzhinsky send V. I. Lenin a brief preliminary report on the results of their investigation of the causes of the Perm disaster.
January 18 J. V. Stalin and F. E. Dzerzhinsky leave Glazov for Vyatka.
January 19 J. V. Stalin addresses a joint meeting of Ural and Vyatka Party and Soviet organizations, convened by the Commission of the Central Committee of the Party and the Council of Defense, on the question of setting up a Vyatka Revolutionary Military Committee.
J. V. Stalin and F. E. Dzerzhinsky hold a conference of representatives of the People's Commissariat of Railways, the military transportation division of the Third Army and other organizations on the subject of relieving congestion at the Vyatka railway junction.
J. V. Stalin and F. E. Dzerzhinsky send V. I. Lenin a report on the measures adopted to strengthen the front and rear of the Third Army.
January 20 J. V. Stalin informs V. I. Lenin that the situation on the Eastern Front has improved.
January 21 J. V. Stalin and F. E. Dzerzhinsky leave Vyatka for Third Army headquarters in Glazov.
January 25 J. V. Stalin and F. E. Dzerzhinsky return to Vyatka from Glazov.
January 27 J. V. Stalin and F. E. Dzerzhinsky leave Vyatka for Moscow.
January 31 On their return from the Eastern Front, J. V. Stalin and F. E. Dzerzhinsky present to V. I. Lenin the report of the Commission of the C.C., RCP(B) and the Council of Defense.
February 9 J. V. Stalin's article, "The Government's Policy on the National Question," is printed in Izvestia, No. 30.
February 17 At a meeting of the Council of Defense, J. V. Stalin reports on the organization of through trains for transport of grain and coal.
February 22 J. V. Stalin's article, "Two Camps," appears in Izvestia, No. 41.
March 2 J. V. Stalin's article, "Our Tasks in fiche East," is printed in Pravda, No. 48.
March 2-6 J. V. Stalin takes part in the work of the First Congress of the Communist International as member of the delegation of the RCP(B).
March 8 At a meeting of the Council of People's Commissars J. V. Stalin makes a report on the draft decree on the re-organization of State Control.
March 9 J. V. Stalin's article, "Two Years," is printed in Pravda, No. 53, and in Zhizn Natsionalnostei, No. 8.
March 16 J. V. Stalin's article, "Imperialism's Reserves, " is printed in Izvestia, No. 58.
March 18-23 J. V. Stalin takes part in the work of the Eighth Congress of fche RCP(B).
March 19 The Eighth Congress of the RCP(B) elects J". V. Stalin to the commission for the final editing of the Party Programme.
March 21 J. V. Stalin addresses the Eighth Congress of the RCP(B) on the military question.
March 22 The Eighth Party Congress elects J. V. Stalin a member of the commission set up to draft the resolution on the military question.
March 23 The Eighth Party Congress elects J. V. Stalin a member of the C.C., RCP(B).
Izvestia publishes the "Agreement Between the Central Soviet Government and the Government of Bashkiria on an Autonomous Soviet Bashkir Republic, signed by V. I. Lenin and J.V. Stalin. March 25 At a plenary meeting of the C.C., RCP(B), J. V. Stalin is appointed a member of the Political Bureau and of the Organizing Bureau of the Central Committee.
March 30 The All-Russian Central Executive Committee appoints J. V. Stalin People's Commissar of State Control.
April 3 At a meeting of the Council of People's Commissars, J. V. Stalin makes a report on a draft decree on the reorganization of State Control.
April 9 J. V. Stalin makes a report at a plenary meeting of the A.R.C.E.C. on the reorganization of State Control.
V. I. Lenin, J. V. Stalin and M.I. Kalinin sign the decree on State Control approved by the A.R.C.E.C.
April 13 J. V. Stalin takes part in the work of a plenary meeting of the C.C., RCP(B).
April 21 By decision of the Council of Defense, V. I. Lenin and J. V. Stalin are appointed members of a commission set up to investigate the accountancy of military property by the Extraordinary Commission for the Supply of the Red Army.
April 23 J. V. Stalin's article, "The Shooting of the Twenty-Six Baku Comrades by Agents of British Imperialism," is printed in Izvestia, No. 85.
April 30 J. V. Stalin signs an announcement "To All Citizens of the Soviet Republic" about the institution of a Central Bureau of Complaints and Applications of the People's Commissariat of State Control. The announcement is published in Izvestia, No. 97, May 8, 1919.
May 4 J. V. Stalin takes part in the work of a plenary meeting of the C.C., RCP(B).
May 5 At a meeting of the Council of Defense, J. V. Stalin reports on the results of an inspection of Soviet institutions.
May 8 V. I. Lenin and J. V. Stalin send a directive of the C.C., RCP(B) to the Ukrainian Council of People's Commissars to increase military assistance to the Southern Front in connection with Denikin's threat to the Donbas.
Mav 17 In connection with Yudenich's offensive and the threat to Petrograd, the Central Committee of the Party and the Council of Defence send J. V. Stalin to the Petrograd Front.
May 19 On his arrival in Petrograd, J. V. Stalin confers with the Commander-in-Chief, the commander of the Western Front and the commander of the Seventh Army on the situation at the front.
J. V. Stalin informs V. I. Lenin by direct wire of the situation at Petrograd and the measures adopted to strengthen the front.
May 20 J. V. Stalin leaves Petrograd for the headquarters of the Western Front in Staraya Russa.
May 21 J. V. Stalin informs V. I. Lenin and the Revolutionary Military Council of the Republic by direct wire of the situation in the Gatchina sector of the front.
May 23 J. V. Stalin leaves Staraya Russa for the Gatchina area, which is directly menaced by the Whites.
May 25 J. V. Stalin goes to Kronstadt to acquaint himself with the state of the Baltic Fleet.
J. V. Stalin inspects the fortifications on the Karelian sector of the front.
May 28 J. V. Stalin returns to Petrograd after his lour of the front.
May 30 J. V. Stalin confers with the Commander-in-Chief, representatives of the Revolutionary Military Council of the Republic, and the commanders of the Western Front, the Seventh Army and the Baltic Fleet on measures for the defence of the approaches to Petrograd.
Beginning of June J. V. Stalin, appeals to the troops defending Petrograd to combat deserters and traitors at the front.
June 8-9 J. V. Stalin visits the Narva sector of the Front.
June 10 The C.C., RCP(B) instructs J. V. Stalin to take measures to centralize the control of the Western Front.
June 13 In connection with the counter-revolutionary revolt in Forts Krasnaya Gorka and Seraya Loshad, J. V. Stalin orders vessels of the Baltic Fleet to take up stations in the outer roads and turn their guns on Fort Krasnaya Gorka, and also gives instructions for the formation of a Coastal Army Group in Oranienbaum for an assault on Krasnaya Gorka from the land.
June 14 J. V. Stalin arrives in Oranienbaum and confers with representatives of the naval and army commands and commanders and commissars of the Coastal Group units on the plan for the assault on Krasuaya Gorka.
June 15 J. V. Stalin leaves Oranienbaum for the battle area to direct the operations against Fort Krasnaya Gorka.
June 16 J. V. Stalin informs V. I. Lenin of the capture of Forts Krasnaya Gorka and Seraya Loshad by the Red Army.
J. V. Stalin attends a meeting of sailors of the Baltic Fleet and units of the Red Army in Fort Krasnaya Gorka.
June 22 J. V. Stalin informs V. I. Lenin that the Red Army on the Petrograd Front has passed to the offensive.
June 28 J. V. Stalin sends a message of congratulation to the 1st Rifle Division and crews of the Onega Flotilla and the Baltic Fleet on the capture of Vidlitsa, the military base of the Finnish whiteguards near the borders of Finland.
July 3 J. V. Stalin arrives in Moscow.
July 3-4 J. V. Stalin takes part in the work of a ple-nary meeting of the C.C., RCP(B).
July 5 J. V. Stalin is appointed a member of the Revolutionary Military Council of the Western Front.
July 8 Pravda publishes an interview with J. V. Stalin on the situation on the Pelrograd Front.
July 9 J. V. Stalin arrives at the headquarters of the Western Front in Smolensk.
July 13 J. V. Stalin confers in Minsk with members of the Lithuanian-Byelorussian Government on the question of dissolving the Government and the Minsk Council of Defense and the inclu-sion of their members in the agencies of the front.
July 23 J. V. Stalin signs an instruction of the Revolutionary Military Council of the Western Front to the Petrograd and Western Area Military Commissariats to organize nodal defense points.
August 5 J. V. Stalin signs an order of the Revolutionary Military Council of the Western Front for the establishment of a Petrograd fortified area.
J. V. Stalin signs an instruction of the Revolutionary Military Council of the Western Front to the armies of the front, ordering them to rout the Whites at the approaches to Petrograd and capture Pskov.
August 11 In a letter to V. I. Lenin, J. V. Stalin informs him of the position on the Western Front.
August 13 J. V. Stalin requests information by direct wire from G. K. Ordjonikidze as to the situation in the area of operation of the Sixteenth Army of the Western Front.
August 26 J. V. Stalin informs V. I. Lenin of the capture of Pskov by the Red Army.
August J. V. Stalin presides at a Special Conference of responsible political workers of the Western Front on the subject of compiling "Instructions for Commissars of Regiments on Active Service."
September 2 J. V. Stalin informs V. I. Lenin that the Red Army has launched a counter-offensive at Dvinsk.
September 10 J. V. Stalin leaves Smolensk for Moscow.
September 15 J. V. Stalin returns to Smolensk. September 25 J. V. Stalin leaves Smolensk for Moscow.
September 26 J. V. Stalin takes part in the work of a plenary meeting of the C.C., RCP(B). The plenary meeting of the C.C. resolves to send J. V. Stalin to the Southern Front to organize the defeat of Denikin.
September 27 J. V. Stalin is appointed a member of the Revolutionary Military Council of the Southern Front.
J. V. Stalin attends a meeting of the Revolutionary Military Council of the Republic, where, on his suggestion, it is decided to form a composite division for action on the Southern Front comprised of regiments of the Western Front, and also to institute a Southern Front Formations Board.
September 28 J. V. Stalin arrives in Smolensk. September 30 J. V. Stalin leaves Smolensk for Moscow.
October 2 J. V. Stalin attends a meeting of the Revolutionary Military Council of the Republic where, on his suggestion, it is decided to replenish the Latvian Division, designated for service on the Southern Front.
October 3 J. V. Stalin arrives at Southern Front headquarters in the village of Sergievskoye.
October 9 J. V. Stalin signs an instruction of the Revolutionary Military Council of the Southern Front ordering the formation of a shock force for action against Denikin's army at Orel.
October 11 J. V. Stalin leaves Sergievskoye for SerpukhoV. to which the headquarters of the Southern Front have been transferred.
October 15 In a letter to V. I. Lenin, J. V. Stalin outlines a strategic plan for an offensive against Denikin from the Voronezh area in the direction of Rostov through Kharkov and the Donbas.
October 17 J. V. Stalin signs an instruction of the Revolutionary Military Council of the Southern Front to the Fourteenth Army, ordering the capture of Orel. Orel was taken by the Red Army on October 20.
October 20 J. V. Stalin signs an instruction of the Revolu-tionary Military Council of the Southern Front to the armies of the Front, ordering the pursuit of Denikin's retreating armies, with the delivery of the main blow in the direction of Kursk.
October 25 J. V. Stalin informs V. I. Lenin of the rout near Voronezh of Shkuro's and Mamontov's Cavalry Corps by Budyonny's Cavalry Corps, and of the capture of Voronezh by the Red Army.
October 30 J. V. Stalin leaves Serpukhov for the battle area of the Southern front.
November 3 J. V. Stalin returns to Serpukhov after his visit to the front.
November 4 J. V. Stalin leaves for Moscow.
November 6 J. V. Stalin attends a meeting of the Political Bureau of the C.C., RCP(B), where a resolution on replenishments for the Southern Front is adopted on his motion.
November 9 J. V. Stalin returns to Southern Front headquarters in Serpukhov.
J. V. Stalin signs an instruction of the Revolutionary Military Council of the Southern Front for pressing the offensive along the whole front and for routing the Kursk group of Denikin's forces.
November 11 On J. V. Stalin's proposal, the Revolutionary Military Council of the Southern Front resolves to form a Cavalry Army.
Early half of November J. V. Stalin directs the compiling of instructions for the inspection of the organization of Soviet power in the liberated areas, and instructions to Revolutionary Committees in the area of the Southern Front.
November 16 J. V. Stalin leaves for Moscow.
November 17 J. V. Stalin attends a meeting of the Revolutionary Military Council of the Republic where the question of forming a Cavalry Army is discussed.
November 18 J. V. Stalin returns to Southern Front headquarters in Serpukhov.
November 19 J. V. Stalin signs an order of the Revolutionary Military Council of the Southern Front renaming the First Cavalry Corps the Cavalry Army.
November 21 J. V. Stalin attends a preliminary conference in Moscow, presided over by V. I. Lenin, of delegates to the Second All-Russian Congress of Communist Organizations of the Peoples of the East.
November 22 J. V. Stalin makes a speech at the opening of the Second All-Russian Congress of Communist Organizations of the Peoples of the East.
November 27 The Presidium of the A.R.C.E.C. confers on J. V. Stalin the Order of the Red Banner for his services in the defense of Petrograd and selfless efforts on the Southern Front.
J. V. Stalin leaves Serpukhov for the battle area of the Southern Front.
November 29 J. V. Stalin arrives in Voronezh.
December 5 J. V. Stalin arrives at Kastornaya station. From there he proceeds to Stary Oskol.
December 6 J. V. Stalin arrives at the village of Veliko-Mikhailovka, near Novy Oskol, in the area of operation of the First Cavalry Army.
At a joint meeting of the Revolutionary Military Councils of the Southern Front and the First Cavalry Army, J. V. Stalin outlines the latter's tasks in carrying out the plan for the defeat of Denikin.
December 6-7 J. V. Stalin familiarizes himself with the state of the units of the Cavalry Army and the course of military operations.
December 7 J. V. Stalin and S. M. Budyonny inspect the battlefield near Veliko-Mikhailovka.
December 8 J. V. Stalin arrives in Novy Oskol.
December 9 The Seventh All-Russian Congress of Soviets elects J. V. Stalin a member of the A.R.C.E.C.
December 10 J. V. Stalin arrives in Voronezh.
December 12 After his inspection of the front, J. V. Stalin returns to Southern Front headquarters in Serpukhov.
J. V. Stalin signs an instruction of the Revolutionary Military Council of the Southern Front to the armies of the front for the capture of Kiev and the Donbas.
December 13 J. V. Stalin leaves Serpukhov for Moscow.
December 17 J. V. Stalin returns to Serpukhov from Moscow.
December 18 The newspaper Petrogradskaya Pravda publishes a message sent on behalf of the Revolutionary Military Council of the Southern Front by J. V. Stalin to the workers of Petrograd, thanking them for their assistance to the Southern Front.
December 26 J. V. Stalin writes his article, "The Military Situation in the South," which is published in Pravda, No. 293, December 28.
December 29 J. V. Stalin leaves Serpukhov for Moscow.

 

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