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June 30, 1950


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    North Korea requests supplies and weapons from the Soviet Union.
    "Cable No. 405743, Shtykov to Stalin," June 30, 1950, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Dmitriĭ Antonovich Volkogonov papers, 1887-1995, mm97083838. Translated by Gary Goldberg.
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[handwritten: to Cde. I. V. Stalin]


Copy Nº 1

CABLE Nº 405743/sh

from PYONGYANG sent at 1145 30 June 1950; received at 1225-1530 30 June

arrived at the 8th Directorate of the Armed Forces General Staff at 1232-1543 30 June

14 copies printed

Copy Nº 1 to Cde. Stalin

Copy Nº 2 to Cde. Stalin

Copy Nº 3 to Cde. Molotov

Copy Nº 4 to Cde. Beria

Copy Nº 5 to Cde. Malenkov

Copy Nº 6 to Cde. Mikoyan

Copy Nº 7 to Cde. Kaganovich

Copy Nº 8 to Cde. Bulganin

Copy Nº 9 to Cde. Gromyko

chief of the 4th section of the 8th Directorate of the

Armed Forces General Staff [illegible signature]

via wire

extremely urgent

[handwritten: 30 June 1950]

[handwritten: from Cde. Shtykov]

to Cde. STALIN

[Translator’s note: there is at least one illegible word followed by Stalin’s trademark “St” written in the area in the left margin entitled ”for notes”]

KIM IL SUNG addressed a request to deliver the following quantity of ammunition, communications equipment, and other military materiel to the DPRK in July:

1. Ammunition – 15 million 7.62 mm rifle cartridges with a light bullet in a clip

21,514,000 cartridges for the TT pistol.

43,000 bullets for the Nagan revolver.

15,200,000 7.62 mm cartridges with a light bullet without a clip; 15,500,000 with a heavy bullet.

1,200,000 12.7 mm DShK [Translator’s note: a machinegun] cartridges

180,000 14.5 mm cartridges for a PTR [anti-tank rifle]

247,000 26 mm cartridges of various colors for a signal pistol

38,000 37 mm shells for an anti-aircraft gun

100,000 [shells] for a 45 mm anti-tank gun

48,000 shells for a 76 mm regimental gun

100,000 shells for a 76 mm ZIS-3 [Translator’s note: possibly a tank cannon]

23,000 76 mm rounds for an SU-76 [assault gun]

200,000 82 mm mortar shells

8,000 85 mm rounds for an anti-aircraft gun

68,000 85 mm rounds for a T-34 [tank]

41,000 120 mm mortar shells

31,000 122 mm rounds for a howitzer

5,700 rounds for a 122 mm [field] gun

400,000 hand grenades

1,800,000 7.62 mm ShKAS [rapid-fire aircraft machinegun] shells

530,000 12.7 mm UBS and UBG [synchronized aircraft machinegun] rounds and 530,000 clips for them

144,000 20 mm ShVAK [aircraft machinegun] shells and 144,000 clips for them

350,000 23 mm VYa [aircraft cannon] rounds and 350,000 clips for them

Communications equipment: two RAF radios

38 RSBF radios

800 RBU radios

75 US-4 radio receivers

65 Morse sets

Four Baudot sets

3,000 I-43 telephones

70 K-10’s

4,000 kilometers of PTP-7 cable

6,000 telephone reels with gear trains

26 1.5S-3 battery chargers

Spare parts for aircraft:

30 650 tires for 200 YaK-9 [aircraft]

20 300 tires for 125 YaK-9

20 800 tires for IL-10 [aircraft]

20 265 tires for 110 YaK-11

All the tires with tubes

two VShI 111-V-20 propellers

two Ash-21 generator drives

two oil coolers [for] YaK-9’s, two for IL-10’s, and one for a YaK-9

two YaK-9 water coolers [vodoradiatory] and two IL-10 water coolers

one undercarriage set [for a] YaK-9, two for an IL-10, and one for a YaK-11

four assemblies of 650 wheels for 200 YaK-9’s

four assemblies of 300 wheels for 125 YaK-9’s

five assemblies of 800 wheels for 260 IL-10’s

two assemblies of 250 wheels for 200 YaK-11’s

two K-500 KGS generators [for] IL-10’s

two K-1500 KUS generators [for] YaK-11’s

10 three-pointer indicators [for] YaK-9’s

five AGP-2 [Translator’s note: possibly a type of compass] [for] YaK-9’s

five altimeters for YaK-9’s

five airspeed indicators for YaK-5’s

100 meters of “Ehlprge” [SIC] wire

200 meters of A-D-306 cable

200 meters of A-B-4,2 cable

two RK -1500 [for] YaK-11’s

two RK-500 for YaK-9’s

eight tons of GOI-54 lubricant

seven tons of NK-50 aircraft lubricant

five tons of NB-30 aircraft lubricant

15 tons of konstirin [SIC – unknown]

15 tons of turbine lubricant

Weapons – 5,000 PPS for officers’ weapons

I support KIM IL SUNG’s request.

Request your instructions for the delivery of at least 50% of this quantity by 10 July 1950.


Nº 398/sh

30 June 1950

Outgoing Nº 2116/shs 30 June 1950

Deciphered at 0650 30 June by Shcheblykin

Sent by Lobyseva at 1645 30 June 1950 (36)


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