Marshal of the USSR Communist Leader General Secretary of Soviet Union L. Brezhnev Signed Book " Malaya Zemlya"

Marshal of the USSR Communist Leader General Secretary of Soviet Union L. Brezhnev Signed Book " Malaya Zemlya"

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Leonid Brezhnev signed and inscribed book “Malaya Zemlya” – “Minor Land”

Brezhnev wrote: “Respectfully L. Brezhnev, November 6, 1978”

Book “Malaya Zemlya” Moscow Publishing House ” Children Literature” 1978. Size 10” x 8”. Hard cover with the dust cover, 95 pages. Book has many colourful illustrations. Book is in very good condition.

The Malaya Zemlya is the name of the bridgehead in the area of Stanichka (Cape Myskhako) south of Novorossiysk, formed as a result of the landing operation of a maritime detachment of 271 men on the night of February 4, 1943. The heroic defense of this patch of land lasted 225 days and ended on the morning of September 16 with the liberation of Novorossiysk. For courage and bravery, 21 warriors were awarded the highest degree of distinction of the USSR, the highest rank - Hero of the Soviet Union. Initially, this episode of the war was considered as quite ordinary and did not attract special attention. The process of revaluation began in the 70s and it was associated with the name of Leonid Brezhnev, who, in the rank of colonel, fought in the Malaya Zemlya. At the former frontier of defence, it was then erected a memorial to the defenders of the Malay Zemlya. A set of Soviet patriotic songs was replenished with the song "The Minor Land", and later the same book of the General Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee was published.The trilogy of Leonid Brezhnev's memoirs "Malaya Zemlya", "Revival" and "Tselina" was published in the magazine "New World" in 1978. Circulations of books - 15 million copies of each, they are translated into 120 languages f the world. Literary reading of the trilogy on radio and television was conducted by the forces of the actor Vyacheslav Tikhonov, later in the format of an audiobook it appeared on the records. For a book written by professional journalists (among them Anatoly Agranovsky, Leonid Zamyatin, Vitaly Ignatenko, Arkady Sakhnin and Leonid Murzin), in 1980 Leonid Brezhnev received the Lenin Prize in Literature. In the summer of 1987, Brezhnev's memoirs were removed from bookstores and put for recycling.

Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev (1906 - 1982) was the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist party of the USSR from 1964 until his death in 1982. His eighteen-year term as General Secretary was second only to that of J. Stalin in duration. During Brezhnev' rule, the global influence of the Soviet Union grew dramatically, in part because of the expansion of the Soviet military during this time. His tenure as leader was marked by the beginning of an era of economic and social stagnation in the Soviet Union.

From the first day of Nazi invasion on 22 June 1941, Brezhnev was, like most middle-ranking Party officials, immediately drafted. He worked to evacuate Dnipropetrovsk's industries to the east of the Soviet Union before the city fell to the Germans on 26 August, and then was assigned as a political commissar. In October, Brezhnev was made deputy of political administration for the Southern Front, with the rank of Brigade-Commissar (Colonel).

When Ukraine was occupied by the Germans in 1942, Brezhnev was sent to the Caucasus as deputy head of political administration of the Transcaucasian Front. In April 1943, he became head of the Political Department of the 18th Army. Later that year, the 18th Army became part of the 1st Ukrainian front, as the Red Army regained the initiative and advanced westward through Ukraine. The Front's senior political commissar was N. Khrushchev, who had supported Brezhnev's career since the pre-war years. Brezhnev had met Khrushchev in 1931, shortly after joining the Party, and before long, as he continued his rise through the ranks, he became Khrushchev's protégé. At the end of the war in Europe, Brezhnev was chief political commissar of the4th Ukrainian Front, which entered Prague in May 1945, after the German surrender.

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