The bells of the Kremlin tolled the May Day hour (10 a.m.) as Joseph Stalin, in fawn uniform and chipper mood, stood on Lenin's marble tomb to take the adulation of a million marchers. His son, Lieut. General Vasily Stalin, flew above Red Square in the van of the mightiest Soviet air show; there were 64 four-engined bombers where last November there had been 22. "Comrades," orated Chief of Staff General S. M. Shtemenko, on the rostrum beside Stalin, "a crisis is approaching in capitalist countries . . ."

The sense of crisis was...

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