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July 08, 1950

CIPHERED TELEGRAM, SHTYKOV TO FENG XI (STALIN), TRANSMITTING LETTER FROM KIM IL SUNG TO STALIN

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    Telegram from Shtykov to Stalin (copied to the Soviet leadership) relaying a request from Kim Il Sung for military advisors.
    "Ciphered telegram, Shtykov to Feng Xi (Stalin), transmitting letter from Kim Il Sung to Stalin," July 08, 1950, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, APRF, Fond 45, Opis 1, Delo 346, Listy 143-144 and AVPRF, Fond 059a, Opis 5a, Delo 4, Papka 11, List 151 http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/110690
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CIPHERED TELEGRAM No. 405976/sh

From Pyongyang. Sent 8.7.50. 9:26
Received 8.7.50 11:15

Sent to 8th Department of the General Staff
of the Armed Forces 8.7.50 11:35.
By telegraph.

To Comrade FENG XI [Stalin].

I received the following letter from KIM IL SUNG addressed to us.

“To the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR, Generalissimo Comrade Stalin, I.V.

I ask that you accept the expression of deepest respect and gratitude for the invaluable assistance which you, Comrade Stalin, continually render to our people in their struggle for independence.

Being confident of your desire to help the Korean people rid themselves of the American imperialists, I am obliged to appeal to you with a request to allow the use of 25-35 Soviet military advisers in the staff of the front of the Korean Army and the staffs of he 2nd Army Group, since the national military cadres have not yet sufficiently mastered the art of commanding modern troops.

Faithfully, KIM IL SUNG, Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers DPRK.
Pyongyang. 8 July 1950.

SHTYKOV
No. 481/sh
8.7.50

Copies: Stalin (2), Molotov, Beria, Malenkov,
Mikoyan, Kaganovich, Bulganin