Communist Leader General Secretary of Soviet Union L. Brezhnev Signed Greeting Card

Communist Leader General Secretary of Soviet Union L. Brezhnev Signed Greeting Card


Communist Leader General Secretary of Soviet Union L. Brezhnev signed greeting card (card with liner) 

"Dear Michael Vasilievich!

Congratulations and best wishes on the International Workers' Day on May 1st! "

Brezhnev signed in red ink. Size of the card (folded) 8" x 4"

Excellent condition.


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.

The greeting card addressed to member of politburo M. Zimyanin.

Mikhail Vasilyevich Zimyanin (1914 – 1995) served as the editor-in-chief of the newspaper Pravda, the official publication of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, from 1965 to 1976. Afterwards, he was appointed to the party's secretariat. He retired on 28 January 1987 for "health reasons”.


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