In English for the first time - the documents, speeches and articles charting the formation of the Red Army, by its founder and leader, Leon Trotsky. One of the most important military works this century, it covers every aspect of the struggle to defend and maintain workers' power in the Soviet Union following the world's first successful socialist revolution. First published in Moscow in 1923, and suppressed by the Soviet bureaucracy for over 50 years, these writings chronicle the heroic battles of the Red Army as it fought off fourteen imperialist armies. They tell how this army was built by the workers and poor peasants of Russia, led by the Bolsheviks, inspired by determination to defend the gains of October, and imbued with a spirit of proletarian internationalism.
This volume, the first in a series of five, is the record of how the Red Army was forged in the fight against counter-revolution in the first years of the Soviet state. It is the voice of the man of whom Lenin said: 'Show me another man able to organise almost a model army within a single year and win the respect of the military experts. We have such a man.'