Delivered a fulsome speech in praise of Mao, thus helping to destroy his fellow marshal, Peng Dehuai, whose position he inherited as Minister of Defence.
Although an unpopular speech, Mao clapped enthusiastically to Lin praising him in front of 7,000 people.
-Stressed the primacy of ideology and correct thought
-Issued to all recruits - PLA became Mao's favourite institution
-Peng forbade any Beijing paper to reprint it.
-Mao gets Zhou Enlai to argue for him that it was simply a literary issue.