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    Citation for taking part in the capture of Swinemunde, issued to Major Andrei Pavlov.

    Citation for taking part in the capture of Swinemunde, issued to Major Andrei Pavlov.

    Measures 9" x13". The document quotes Stalin's decree #362 of 5 May 1945. Shows unit stamp and is signed by its commander, Col. Smirnov. Very interesting and detailed artwork including the portrait of Stalin and a depiction of Soviet Il-2 airplanes raining bombs on what is clearly a Western European city. Note that besides the bombers the picture shows a US-built DC-3 transport plane (supplied to Soviet Union through Lend-Lease agreement) known to the Russians as Li-2 or "Duglas".

    Swinemunde was an important German port city on the Baltic Sea and a gateway to Stettin. In the last days of the war in Europe it was packed with German refugees from Eastern Prussia and other areas overrun by the Soviets. Laying in its harbor was the unfinished German aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin; the ship was scuttled in the last frantic days of the war to block access to the harbor (the Soviets later managed to refloat it only to use it as a floating target couple of years later). After the war the city was ceded to Poland becoming its westernmost port. The document is in good overall condition. It has been rolled (although we will ship it flat) and has some minor tears along the edge but no folds or any significant damage. Very clean and the colors are still nice and vibrant.


    $80.00  

     
       
     
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