Pavel Petrovich Sokolov-Skalia
(Born Strel'nia, 1899; died Moscow, 1961)
(Born Gubovka, 1883; died Moscow, 1945)
Secret and Counter-Secret, TASS No. 0939, March 23, 1944
1938 x 870 mm
The Germans can't utter a word without lying
Before the inevitable catastrophe
They decided to lie that their regiments
Have been reinforced with “secret equipment.”
They say that with such excellent military equipment
They can sweep away any front – a piece of cake!
Boasting of their concealed technology,
The “equipment” they’ve used is actually their tongues.
They're hopeful that they’ll find some fools
Who will believe in their “military secret”
And slacken their zeal for combat!
Should we divulge the counter-secret?
The Fascists are counting on fools in places
Where there have never been any...
All the fools are in Berlin!
Gift of the USSR Society for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries, 2010.175