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October 02, 1950

TELEGRAM FROM CHANFU (BULGANIN) TO MATVEYEV (RAZUVAYEV)

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    Bulganin stresses to Razuvayev the importance of the withdrawal of the Korean troops “by all means” toward the north, in order to rescue the Soviet cadres.
    "Telegram from Chanfu (Bulganin) to Matveyev (Razuvayev)," October 02, 1950, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, APRF, fond 45, opis 1, delo 347, list 64. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/112691
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Ciphered Note (by wire)

To PYONGYANG

MATVEYEV [RAZUVAYEV V.N.] (transmitted by ciphered telegram)

We constantly point out to You the exceptional importance of the withdrawal of troops out of the encirclement. In this matter, the crucial point is to bring the manpower and commanding officers back to the north.


In the current situation, without delay you must give instructions to the soldiers and officers who are still fighting in the south to retreat by any means, in groups or person by person, to the north. There is no continuous frontline. These troops are fighting on their own territory, so the population feels compassion toward them and will help them out. They must leave heavy weapons behind and try to get to the north by all means, by using the cover of night and the areas unoccupied by the enemy yet. You have the possibility of rescuing thereby the most valuable asset, that is, the cadres.


Take all the necessary measures to implement this directive.


Telegraph the fulfillment.

C H A N F U [BULGANIN]

2 October 1950