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    Iona Yakir, Commander of the Ukrainian Military District, typed document signed, January 1930.

    Iona Yakir, Commander of the Ukrainian Military District, typed document signed, January 1930.

    Measures 13" x 8 ". The document is a recommendation for promotion of Aleksey Volkov, Party Work Instructor, Political Department of the Special Troops of the Kiev Garrison. Volkov is recommended to be promoted to a chief of an organizing section. The recommendation was originally submitted on 28 Nov. 1929 by the Section Chief of the Political Department.

    Interestingly, as evident from the note of the Political Department Commander on the bottom of the front page, Volkov expressed unwillingness to either accept the advancement or remain in his current position. It is therefore suggested that he is transferred to serve as commissar of a battalion or deputy commissar of a regiment. Moreover, the note emphasizes that Volkov "has not changed his behavior" in regards to "negative traits" stated in the previous evaluation. Nevertheless, he was to remain in current position according to the somewhat "wishy-washy" resolution of the members of the evaluation committee, with the possibility of either an advancement or reappointment as a battalion commissar in a field unit. Yakir approved the conclusion of the committee by signing in red pencil, near the bottom of the verso.

    Noted military reformer and commander, Yakir was a brutal Red Army Commander during the Civil War - notorious for promising to parole White Army POWs and then simply shooting everyone once they surrendered. He was also famous for conducting war games in the mid 1930s on a huge scale not previously attempted and impressing foreign observers with the capabilities of the Red Army participants. In 1935, the Ukrainian Military District was divided into Kiev (Special) and Kharkov Military Districts with Yakir taking command of the former. A friend of Frunze and a believer in Tukhachevsky's theories, he ran afoul of Stalin and became one of the highest ranking victims of Stalin's purge of the Soviet military in 1937.

    The document is in very good to excellent condition. Oversize document has lost approximately 1" of paper at the bottom, not affecting Yakir's signature.

    Item# 23638


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