Award Document for a Defense of Stalingrad Medal, awarded on 10 October 1943 to Private Ivan Kovtun.
The document measures approx. 5 ¾ " x 8 ¼ ". This is one of the early style, "large" certificates for the defensive campaign medals which were replaced by booklet style certificates for the campaign medals instituted later in the war. Note the relatively early, October 1943 issue date (many of the award certificates for defensive campaign medals were issued later, in 1944 and the following years). The document has a blue stamp of the 11th Tank Brigade and is hand-signed by the unit commander, Lt. Col. Voronkov.
The certificate is in good condition. There are the usual separations along the folds, reinforced on verso with pieces of backing tape. There are faint water stains that don't affect the legibility of the text and are not overly detractive. The document is otherwise intact.
A historical footnote: the 17th Tank Brigade was a part of the 1st Tank Crops, which during the Soviet counteroffensive at Stalingrad was a part of the 5th Tank Army's mobile mechanized group. This rapidly moving armored force was assigned a key task of capturing the town and vital river crossing at Kalach-on-Don, the move which completed the encirclement at Stalingrad - and thus sealed the fate of the German 6th Army. Although the 17th Tank Brigade did not directly participate in the actual capture of Kalach, it played an important role in the overall operation.
/Detailed information on 17th Tank Brigade and 1st Tank Corps is available in the Vol.II "School of Battle" of the Charles Sharp's series "Soviet Order of Battle in WWII"/.