From the Russian State Military Archive (RGVA)
Presiding over the Military Department and its collegial body from 1918 until January 1925, Leon Trotsky, while not being a military person himself, was in fact a political chief of the Red Army. That fact makes the documents accumulated during the time of his military leadership and presented here for the first time, orders, telegrams, letters, articles, and speeches -- so rich in military and political significance.
As characterized by these documents, Trotsky appears to be, above all, a politician -- one of the leaders of the Revolution, a propagandist and a gifted administrator, who managed to transform guerrilla-type fighters into the orderly Red Army. The full archive of Trotsky's correspondence is voluminous and diverse. The following complete collections of materials are included:
Military Papers of Leon Trotsky, 1918-1925: 71 reels