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Personal and secret message from Joseph Stalin to Winston Churchill on the start of the summer offensive of Soviet troops

21 June 1944
Russian State Archive of Social and Political History

“Thank you for your message about your and the President's intention to resume northern convoys to the Soviet Union around 10 August. This will be of considerable assistance to us. <...>

The second stage of the summer offensive of Soviet troops will begin in at most a week from now. 130 divisions, including armoured divisions, will take part in it. I and my colleagues are expecting a major success. I hope that our offensive will provide considerable support for allied operations in France and Italy."