(1897 – 1985) Batov is considered to be one of the most brilliant generals in the history of the Soviet army, and some of his methods are still taught today in military academies. He fought in the Russian Civil War and became an adviser with the XII International Brigade during the Spanish Civil War. During WWII, he held major commands during the battle for Crimea and for the Kerch Peninsula. Batov’s forces were instrumental at Stalingrad, Kursk, and advances through Belorussia, Poland (Brest-Lublin), and into East Prussia. Typed document addressed to Comrade Michail Shkuratovski announcing that he was recognized as a recipient of a silver medal for his brave actions on the battlefield ‘freeing the brotherly Polish people from the German fascist enslavers.’ Batov’s original signature in black ink, dated May 27, 1946. With two associated documents stapled to the letter. Mailing folds, slight tearing on the edges.