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Digital Archive International History Declassified


  • August 20, 1945

    Cable from Aleksandr Vasilevsky to Stalin

    Vasilevsky reports on the progress of the Soviet invasion of Manchuria and the surrender of Japanese forces.

  • August 21, 1945

    Cable from Nikolai Kuznetsov to Aleksandr Vasilevsky

    Information related to a planned invasion of the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

  • 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

    Cable Nos. 408-410, Shtykov to Vyshinsky (for the Politburo)

    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

    Ciphered Telegram No. 9849, Gromyko to the Soviet Ambassador, Pyongyang

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

  • June 26, 1950

    Telegram from Lake Success, Trygve Lie to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Moscow

    A telegram conveying the UN Security Council's resolution calling for North Korea to withdraw from the 38th Parallel.

  • June 30, 1950

    Telegram, Shtykov to Cde. Gromyko

    A report from the Korean People's Army on events in the Korean War from June 25 through June 30, 1950.

  • June 30, 1950

    Cable No. 405743, Shtykov to Stalin

    North Korea requests supplies and weapons from the Soviet Union.

  • 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.

  • July 22, 1950

    Ciphered Telegram No. 22591 from Roschin to Filippov [Stalin]

    Mao Zedong informs Stalin of China's military and strategic maneuvers in summer 1950 as a result of the Korean War.

  • September 20, 1950

    Cable, Gromyko to the Soviet Ambassador, Peking

    Cable explaining that China and the Soviet Union are getting incomplete information from North Korea. Also discussing how North Korea is doing militarily and China's admission into the UN.

  • October 01, 1950

    Ciphered Telegram No. 75352, Feng Xi [Stalin] to Shtraus [Shtykov] and Mayveyev [Zakharov]

    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

    Letter, Cde. Filippov [Stalin] for 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 07, 1950

    Ciphered Telegram No. 25348, Roshchin to Filippov [Stalin]

    Ambassador Roshchin passes a message from Mao to Stalin regarding the Chinese deployment of troops to Korea.