For the first week of the invasion Stalin suffered what is believed to be a mental breakdown, disappearing to his dacha, issuing nothing in the way of direction. When his Politburo came for him, Stalin feared he was about to be arrested. Instead, they came to ask him what to do. Once stirred, Stalin re-emerged. In his first public address since the invasion, on 3 July, Stalin spoke of ‘The Great Patriotic War’.