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    Colonel General Andrey Grechko, Commander of the Kiev Military District, typed document signed on 31 December 1952.

    Colonel General Andrey Grechko, Commander of the Kiev Military District, typed document signed on 31 December 1952. Just a few years later in 1955, Grechko was promoted to the highest Soviet military rank of Marshal of the Soviet Union.

    Six-page document consisting of thee individual sheets, front and verso (the first four pages are one large sheet folded in two), each individual sheet measures approx. 8" x 11 ". Grechko wrote a resolution, dated and signed in light blue ink on Page 5.

    The document is a service evaluation of Lt. Col. Georgiy Lokhmanov, Deputy Commander and Chie of Political Department, 18th Heavy Howitzer Brigade, 5th Guards Artillery Division of the Reserves of the High Command. The highly critical and unfavorable evaluation was hand-written on 13 December by Lokhmanov's commanding officer. It was then reviewed by four officers up the chain of command who all agreed with the conclusion that Lokhmanov is not up to his positon and should be demoted. Grechko, wrote "(He) does not fit his position. Must be transferred to (a position requiring) less volume of work", hand-signed and wrote the date "31" next to the typed "December 1952". Almost incredibly, the certification stamps on the verso (Page 6) state that the final resolution from the Political Department of the Soviet Armed Forces was that Lokhmanov "fits his current position but must address the shortcomings". Apparently, the officer in question had protection at the highest level!

    Andrey Grechko commanded several armies during WW2. He played a major role in the defense of Caucasus (and wrote an excellent memoirs about his experiences in that campaign), liberation of Kiev (as Deputy Commander of the 1st Ukrainian Front) and offensives in the Carpathians and Czechoslovakia. In 1955, he was promoted to Marshal of the Soviet Union. For several years in the 60s he commanded all armed forces of the Warsaw Pact and in 1967, was appointed Defense Minister of the USSR. He was made Twice Hero of the Soviet Union and received an unusually large number of high decorations even for a Marshal: six Orders of Lenin, two orders of Suvorov 1st cl. and one of the 2nd cl., two Orders of Kutuzov 1st cl., and an Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky 1st cl.

    The document is in very good to excellent condition. It displays normal extra fold along one margin and a few staple marks and clips, none of which interfere with the text or with the Marshal's signature. The digit "3" in the date 31 December is partly affected, but the date is nevertheless fully legible.

    Item# 35153

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