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Preeminent historian Stanley Weintraub's compelling historical past of possibly the main amazing vacation season in twentieth-century history-December 1941

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19. M. v. Zakharov, General'nyi shtab v predvoennye gody [The General Staff in the prewar years], (Moscow: Voenizdat, 1989), 111-116. The mobilization, which occurred between 21 and 24 September 1938, involved forces from the Kiev and Belorussian Special Military Districts and several other internal districts as well. Precise mobilization measures included the alerting and raising to full strength of fortified regions along the border and in the depths and the full mobilization of one tank corps; thirty rifle and ten cavalry divisions; seven tank and motorized rifle and twelve aviation brigades; seven fortified regions, and two corps, one division, two brigades, sixteen regiments, and numerous separate air defense battalions.

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