Thursday 13 December 2018

Lost it on a Horse

"To the Chief of the Financial Department of the North-Western Front
July 19th, 1941

According to existing data, the money box belonging to the finance section of the 11th Army HQ was abandoned along with its contents of 20,000 rubles during the retreat of the forces.

Perform an investigation and hold the guilty responsible. Report to me on the results.

Chief Quartermaster, Major-General of the Intendant Service Hotenko
Chief of the 2nd Department, Major Terpilovkiy"

During the early stages of the war over 41 million Soviet rubles were left in banks that fell into enemy hands and over 44.7 million rubles were burned, buried, or otherwise destroyed before retreating.

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