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    Narkomat of Merchant Fleet Photo ID, issued on 27 July 1942 to Veniamin Platov, Deputy Chief of the Soviet Merchant Fleet Utilization Department.

    Narkomat of Merchant Fleet Photo ID, issued on 27 July 1942 to Veniamin Platov, Deputy Chief of the Soviet Merchant Fleet Utilization Department.

    Approx. 8.5 x 5.5 cm format, hard cover bound in red leatherette. The front cover shows Soviet state emblem and impressed writing "USSR. People's Commissariat of the Merchant Fleet". The document is hand-signed by the Chief Coordinator for the Affairs of the Narkomat. The photograph page shows that the ID is valid through 31 December 1942.

    The ID is in excellent condition. The cover shows only light wear to the edges while the binding is still tight and the color is bright. The internal pages have light water stains but are nevertheless fully legible and intact.

    The ID was issued at the most critical time when the Soviet Union had to rely on seaborne Lend-Lease supplies for its survival. By the late summer of 1942 the Nazis had overrun or neutralized large part of the Soviet industrial base in the west, while the factories evacuated into the Soviet interior had not yet started full production. At the same time, the British lifeline to the Soviet northern port of Murmansk had come under increased pressure: in May of that year, the Convoy PQ 16 was severely mauled by U-boats and Luftwaffe, followed by the nearly complete destruction of the infamous Convoy PQ 17 in early July. The latter disaster caused a lengthy interruption in the sailings of the arctic convoys, until a sufficient antiaircraft and antisubmarine protection could be provided in the fall of 1942 (in the form of British aircraft carrier Avenger and large number of destroyers). It is worth mentioning that the importance of the Lend-Lease supplies to the USSR - lion's share of which came by the perilous northern route to Murmansk - was never fully revealed by Soviet propaganda and is still not clearly understood by general public. Over 16% of all tanks in Soviet WW2 inventory came from USA and Great Britain, as well as 13% of combat aircraft, more than half of trucks, and 100% of armored personnel carriers - not to mention literally millions of tons of other valuable equipment.

    Item# 30288

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