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    Red Army Officer Photo ID, issued on 27 March 1942 to Lieutenant Colonel Sergei Kartashev, Senior Aide to Chief of Operational Department, 18th Army Staff.

    Red Army Officer Photo ID, issued on 27 March 1942 to Lieutenant Colonel Sergei Kartashev, Senior Aide to Chief of Operational Department, 18th Army Staff. Hard bound red booklet, approx. 8 x 6 cm.

    The ID shows that Karashev was appointed to his current position on 22 June 1941, the first day of the Patriotic War. It also contains a brief service record through June 1942 (when Kotov became Deputy Commander of the Operational Dept., 18th Army), brief biographical information (he was born in 1894 in Moscow), a record of his first award, an early Order of the Red Star (he would be awarded with many more later during the war), a note of his personal weapon, a Tokarev pistol.

    The document is hand-signed on two pages by Major-General Iosiv Lennovich, 18th Army Chief of Staff. This army where Kartashev served throughout the war distinguished itself in the Malaya Zemlya amphibious landing at Novorossiysk. Young Leonid Brezhnev was a political officer in this army, and when he became the Soviet Premier several decades later his published (and much enhanced) memoir about the Novorossiysk assault made the operation and its participants instantly famous.

    The document is in excellent condition. The cover shows only minimal amount of wear, the color is still vibrant and the impressed writing is intact. The booklet is tight and sound, and the internal pages show only normal age toning, no excessive wear or soiling. This is an excellent and rather scarce example of a Red Army officer's ID from the early period of the war.

    Research Materials: photocopy of the award commendations for Kartashev's Order of the Red Star (awarded in 1942 for leading the command post and second echelon of the army out of an encirclement in the summer of 1941) and Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd cl. (1943 issue for the Malaya Zemlya operation) from the Russian military archives.


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