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    Joseph Stalin Typed Order Signed. Six pages, 8" x 11.75", in Russian, Moscow, January 30, 1946. Marked "Secret," this "Order of the People's Commissar of Defense of the USSR" is directed to the Voroshilov Military Academy in Moscow, which is now transitioning to peace less than a year after then end of the Second World War.

    "Faced with new tasks," Stalin lists thirteen directives regarding the school. Students attending the school must "know well the basics of Corps combat . . . study the organization and execution of an army operation, [and] be able to employ artillery, armor, and aviation . . . know the basics of a front operation . . . know the organization, tactics, and art of strategy of the most important foreign armies." The school will now consist of a two year term and will have "two main courses . . . with the total number of students at 400-500" and be staffed "from among the best, most prepared generals, and senior officers - veterans of the Great Patriotic War." The school will now be under "the People's Commissar of Defense." Further, "Appointment of generals and officers to the positions of the . . . teaching staff . . . shall be considered a promotion." Graduates of the Academy will receive preferential treatment regarding "assignment to commanding and headquarters . . . positions [and] . . . positions of instructors at military academies" in addition to receiving a diploma. Graduates who complete the main course shall receive "a breastplate of the Higher Military Academy" and the right to wear it. Staff "shall keep the rate of pay which they received before their appointment to the Academy." Students who live with their families (wives and children) will receive "additional money in the amount of 750 rubles a month."

    Stalin remained as People's Commissar until the following month and as leader of the Soviet Union until his death in 1953. Very light mat burn; chips to the left edge of pages five and six.

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