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Official USSR machinery production targets for 1938, reported by the British ambassador in Moscow
(Catalogue ref: FO 371/22292)
FO 371/22292; report of USSR machinery production targets for 1938


  1. What was the overall percentage increase in total output planned for 1938?

  2. How much harder were the workers being asked to work in 1938?

  3. Compare this source with source 1. What new types of products were being planned for in 1938 that weren’t mentioned in the 1936 source?

  4. Do you think that many other governments had such detailed production plans?

  5. A hero may be someone noted for their special achievements or their bold exploits. Could Stalin have been seen as a hero because of his Five Year Plans?