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Digital Archive International History Declassified


  • August 21, 1945

    Order by Aleksandr Vasilevsky to Aleksandr Novikov

    Orders for preparations for a planned invasion of the Japanese island of Hokkaido and the southern Kurile Islands.

  • August 22, 1945

    Order by Aleksandr Vasilevsky to Nikolai Kuznetsov and Ivan Yumashev

    Orders for preparations for a planned invasion of the Japanese island of Hokkaido and the southern Kurile Islands. Operations are not to begin "until special instructions from the Headquarters."

  • August 23, 1945

    Cable from Aleksandr Vasilevsky [?] to Stalin

    Report on the surrender of Japanese forces on the Kurile Islands.

  • August 29, 1945

    Cable from Kuz’ma Derevyanko to Aleksei Antonov

    Report concerning the division of occupied territory in the Pacific between the Soviet Union and the United States.

  • October 24, 1945

    Memorandum of a Conversation between W.A. Harriman and Stalin

    W.A. Harriman and Stalin discuss post-war peace treaties and discuss who will be invited to participate in negotiations in the European war.

  • January 12, 1947

    Record of a Conversation between Soviet Ambassador in China A. A. Petrov and General Zhang Zhizhong on 7 January 1947

    Petrov and Zhang discuss Xinjiang-Soviet trade and the overall state of Sino-Soviet relations.

  • 1950

    Infantry Anti-Tank Artillery Battalion Establishment Table No. 14

    This document depicts the number of military personnel, weapons and vehicles in the Infantry Anti-Tank Artillery Battalion.

  • May 30, 1950

    Telegram from Soviet Ambassador in Pyongyang, Report on a Meeting between Shtykov and Kim Il Sung

    Terenti Shtykov reports on Kim Il Sung's military planning for an invasion of South Korea and signals Soviet approval for the invasion.

  • May 31, 1950

    Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko to Soviet Ambassador in Pyongyang Terentii Shtykov, 31 May 1950

    Gromyko reports Stalin's approval of Kim Il Sung's request for the prompt delivery of medical supplies to North Korea.

  • July 08, 1950

    Ciphered Telegram No. 36275 from Feng Xi [Stalin] to the Soviet Ambassador in Pyongyang

    Stalin sharply reprimands Ambassador Shtykovfor promising Soviet advisors to the North Koreans without permission.

  • October 01, 1950

    Telegram from Feng Xi (Stalin) to Soviet Officials in Pyongyang, 1 October 1950

    Stalin cables his chief political and military representatives in Pyongyang in response to messages relating the increasingly dire situation in Korea as North Korean forces were driven back across the 38th parallel. Stalin demands that they establish defenses along the 38th parallel to prevent further American advance and even go on the offensive by organizing “guerrilla warfare” in the south behind enemy lines.

  • October 05, 1950

    Message from Stalin to Mao Zedong

    Stalin describes the US inability to engage in a "big war" and encourages Kim in his fight against the US. He also discusses the domestic situation in China.

  • October 25, 1950

    Central Committee Politburo decision with approved directives to Foreign Minister Vyshinsky (at the United Nations in New York) and to Soviet Ambassador in Washington

    Memorandum from the VKP(b) CC to Vyshinksy and the Soviet Representative to the Far Eastern Commission ordering them to protest to their respective bodies in support of the DPRK, the use by the US of Japanese servicemen and military units in combat against DPRK forces.

  • January 27, 1951

    Report about the Number of Personnel Planned for the Hungarian Peoples' Army for the Autumn of 1951 and the Autumn of 1952

    This table depicts the planned increase in personnel in the Hungarian People's Army between 1951 and 1952.

  • February 02, 1951

    Report about the Number of Personnel Planned for the Hungarian Peoples' Army for the Autumn of 1951 and the Autumn of 1952

    The planned number of personnel in the Hungarian Peoples' Army increases between 1951 and 1952.

  • April 01, 1952

    Conversations between Joseph V. Stalin and SED leadership

    The first discussion between the delegation of the SED leadership and I. V. Stalin in Moscow. Pieck, Grotewohl, and Ulbricht inform Stalin of the situation in East Germany, the situation in the SED, and ask for economic help.

  • August 19, 1952

    From the Journal of A. Ya. Vyshinsky, 'Record of a Conversation with Zhou Enlai, Premier of the PRC State Administrative Council and Minister of Foreign Affairs, 18 August 1952'

    Vyshinsky and Zhou briefly discuss recent changes in China and the positive state of Sino-Soviet relations.

  • September 04, 1952

    Record of a Conversation between Stalin, Kim Il Sung, Pak Heon-yeong, Zhou Enlai, and Peng Dehuai

    Soviet, Chinese, and North Korean officials discuss the military situation in Korea and the status of armistice talks.

  • July 04, 1953

    Telegram from USSR Foreign Minister V.M. Molotov to Soviet Ambassador in Beijing

    Molotov writes to the Soviet Ambassador in Beijing discussing the Korean War armistice.

  • October 12, 1956

    Letter from Ri Sang-jo to the Korean Workers' Party Central Committee

    Ri Sang-jo seeks to redress the issue of aid from the Soviet Union by reminding party members of the CPSU's friendship and assistance to the North Korean people both before and after the Korean War. Ri discloses Soviet criticism of Kim Il Sung's economic policies and the cult of personality during meetings held in Moscow in the summer of 1956 and insists that the DPRK learn from the experiences of the fraternal communist parties in economic planning and in their struggles against cults of personality.