US feminist and writer Agnes Smedley
, a supporter of Communist
forces in China, published China's Red Army Marches, an account of the organization and growth of the Red Army
's campaign against the Kuomintang.
16 July 1941
signed one of his earliest decrees, taking military decisions out of the hands the Red Army
command and subjecting them to political control.
About 19 September 1941
German forces overpowered the Russian-held city of Kiev: a major disaster for Russia, since Stalin
had ordered that it should be held at all costs.