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November 08, 1950

CIPHERED TELEGRAM, MAO ZEDONG TO FILIPPOV (STALIN)

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    Request from Mao to Stalin for infantry arms, detailing specifically types and amounts of requested munitions.
    "Ciphered telegram, Mao Zedong to Filippov (Stalin)," November 08, 1950, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, APRF, Fond 45, Opis 1, Delo 335, Listy 80-81. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/110702
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SECOND MAIN ADMINISTRATION OF THE GENERAL STAFF OF THE SOVIET ARMY

CIPHERED TELEGRAM No. 26637
Copies: Stalin (2), Molotov, Malenkov, Beria,
Mikoyan, Kaganovich, Bulganin, Khrushchev, Vasilevsky, Shtemenko

From Beijing Received 02 hours 00 minutes
8.11.1950

TOP PRIORITY T

To Comrade FILIPPOV [Stalin]

In view of the fact that the infantry arms of the People's Liberation Army are mainly trophies captured from the enemy, there is a great variety in the calibers of the rifles.

Such a situation creates great difficulty for the manufacture of ammunition, and in particular for the production of rifle and machine gun cartridges, especially as our factories can produce only very small quantities of these cartridges.

At present the troops of the volunteer army, in the amount of 36 (thirty-six) divisions of the twelve armies, which are taking part in military operations in KOREA, have only (six) battle sets of rifle-machine gun cartridges. In the future, in connection with the development of military operations, we will have a very great need to supply the army with ammunition. If there is no change in military production, then the rearmament can be begun in the second half of 1951.

For overcoming the difficulties of the present time I ask you to review the question of the possibility of the delivery of small arms for 36 (thirty-six) divisions in the course of January and February 1951, according to the following list (name, quantity in pieces):


1. Soviet rifles 140,000.

2. Rifle cartridges 58,000,000.

3. Soviet sub-machine guns 26,000.

4. Cartridges for sub-machine guns 80,000,000.

5. Soviet light machine guns 7,000.

6. Cartridges for light machine guns 37,000,000.

7. Soviet heavy machine guns 2,000.

8. Cartridges for heavy machine guns 20,000,000.

9. Pilots' handguns 1,000.

10. Cartridges for pilots' handguns 100,000.

11. TNT 1,000 tons.

I ask you to communicate to me the results of your review of my request.

I wish you health.

MAO ZEDONG

No. 2784
7.11.50