Auction 102

Lot 53:

HAMAZASP BABADZHANIAN SOVIET MARSHAL

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(1906-1977) Soviet Armenian Chief Marshal of the Armored Troops. He served in the Winter War between the USSR and Finland (1939-1940) and played a pivotal role in numerous battles during WWII. For his efforts in recapturing Stanyslawiw, he received the title of Hero of the Soviet Union. He provided support in Poland and fought in Berlin, contributing to the capture of the Reichstag. After WWII, Babadzhanian was instrumental in suppressing the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. Babadzhanian became Chief Marshal of the Tank and Armored Troops on April 29, 1975 (one of only two men to attain this rank). A typed congratulatory note, written in 1972 and addressed to Field Marshal VIKTOR KHARCHENKO: ‘Please accept my heartfelt congratulations and best wishes on the occasion of the 54th anniversary of the Soviet Army and Navy. Sincerely, Marshal of the Armored Troops Babadzhanian.’ Original signature in blue ink. Mailing folds, some minor stains in the middle left, 8.25 x 11.5 inches, very good.

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