Lev Mekhlis

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Lev Mekhlis

Lev Zakharovich Mekhlis (January 13, 1889 – February 13, 1953) was a Soviet politician and military leader, one of the main Stavka representatives during World War II who was responsible for five to seven Soviet fronts.


  • If a second imperialist war turns its cutting edge against the world's first socialist state, then it will be necessary for the Soviet Union to extend hostilities to the adversary's territory, fulfill its international responsibilities and increase the number of Soviet republics.
    • Speech at the XVIII Congress of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks), 14 March 1939 - quoted in Albert L. Weeks, Stalin's Other War: Soviet Grand Strategy, 1939-1941
  • History does not know invincible armies. The army needs to instill a spirit of confidence in its power, but not in terms of boasting.
    • Speech to Red Army personnel, 13 May 1940[1]
  • Soldiers of the Red Army, fellow brothers who were captured by the fascist invaders, we are addressing you, compatriots... Run in groups and alone, make your way to your brotherly native family - the Red Army... We will greet you as brethren, freed from fascist captivity...
    • From a leaflet written by Mekhlis in 1941[2]

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