DescriptionNikita Khrushchev Typed Document Signed and Top Secret Military Report. Letter: One page, 8" x 11.25", in Cyrillic, headed "Top Secret," Moscow, January 1, 1944. Throughout World War II, Khrushchev served as the senior political officer in the south of the Soviet Union, reporting directly to General Secretary Stalin. Here, he has signed a cover letter to "Comrade I.V. Stalin" noting the enclosure of "a medical report concerning the state of health of Comrade Vatutin." Nikolai Vatutin was the top Soviet military commander during World War II. On February 28, 1944, Vatutin was ambushed by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) far behind the front lines; he succumbed to his injuries six weeks later, on April 14, 1944.
This lot also includes a "Top Secret" military report concerning "the formation of Czechoslovakian units in the territory of the USSR." Twenty-two pages, 8.5" x 11.75", Moscow, May 24, 1944. This brief report is addressed to the "Commander of Forces of the Moscow Military Region," Georgy Zhukov, and discusses the formation and equipping of Yugoslavian Infantry brigades in Moscow. The first page of this communication has been signed by several individuals using different colored wax pencils. The remainder of the report contains the "Roster of the Independent Yugoslavian Infantry Brigade." Cover letter is bright and sharp, but bears significant damage to left edge, where it was torn from its binding; easily matted over. Large pencil signature. Fine condition. Report is moderately age toned with occasional chips and small tears to edges. Very good condition.
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