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WW2 Soviet Infantrymen Leading an Assault, model of a monument, circa 1970s.


Item# 36209

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In solid bronze, measures approximately 4 " (11.5 cm) tall, length of the base is 3 "; a massive piece weighing 1 lb 13 oz. Very well detailed and dramatic image of an iconic Soviet sub-machine gunner from the second half of the Patriotic War.

The original monument was reportedly installed in Western Ukraine (we are not sure if it's still standing, given the recent events). One of the facets of the plinth is deliberately left smooth for a presentation engraving, while the others are imitating rough granite. The bottom has a raised foundry mark and Soviet era re

In solid bronze, measures approximately 4 " (11.5 cm) tall, length of the base is 3 "; a massive piece weighing 1 lb 13 oz. Very well detailed and dramatic image of an iconic Soviet sub-machine gunner from the second half of the Patriotic War.

The original monument was reportedly installed in Western Ukraine (we are not sure if it's still standing, given the recent events). One of the facets of the plinth is deliberately left smooth for a presentation engraving, while the others are imitating rough granite. The bottom has a raised foundry mark and Soviet era retail price of 12 rubles 80 kopeks (a hefty sum by Soviet standards!)

The smooth portion of the plinth bears the inscription "To a Veteran of the Military Unit #83216 from the Komsomol members of the Unit." The statuette was obviously given as a present on the veteran's visiting his former unit, probably on the occasion of a unit's jubilee, anniversary of victory over Germany, or some other important event.

The statuette is in excellent condition. Shows attractive patina to bronze, no significant wear or dings.

Russian-language Internet sources show that Unit #83216 was the codename for the 392nd Guards Antiaircraft Rocket Regiment. The unit was initially formed in 1942 as a 437th Fighter Aviation Regiment. It took part in combat starting from May of that year providing an air cover for the cavalry group of General Belov raiding the German rear west of Moscow. During the next month, the regiment's pilots achieved their first victory brining down a Henschel Hs 126 reconnaissance aircraft. In the following August, the regiment was redeployed to Stalingrad where it reportedly destroyed 41 enemy airplanes in aerial battles only during the initial period of the battle. From November 1942, it shot down an additional 11 airplanes and thus contributed to thwarting the German attempts to supply the Stalingrad pocket by air.

By the end of the war, the regiment had acquitted itself that it was promoted to a Guards unit and decorated with an Order of Suvorov, 3rd cl. Nevertheless, during the 60s this venerable fighter unit was gradually transformed into an AA rocket regiment, apparently a testimony to changing strategic paradigms. It was however allowed to retain its Guards status and wartime honorifics, becoming the 392nd Guards Order of Suvorov Carpathian Antiaircraft Rocket Regiment. During the 70-80s it was deployed in Cherkasy and Vinnitsa regions of the Ukraine. It was disbanded in 1994, three years after the breakup of the USSR.

Please note, medal in our photo is for size reference.
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