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Stalin’s Gratitude

A seller on eBay from Tallinn, capital of Estonia, has a proclamation from Stalin thanking a soldier for ‘liberating’ the towns of Bütow (Bytów) and Berent (Kościerzyna) in Pomerania during the last days of World War II. Stalin’s portrait graces the top center and is flanked by flags. The bottom portrays a Kremlin tower, possibly with celebratory fireworks.

It’s known as decree No. 296, issued on the 8th of March 1945. Issued by Commander of the 2nd Belorussian Front on behalf of Supreme Commander-in-Chief Marshal of the USSR Joseph Stalin, Senior Sergeant Vladimir Starodubsky was cited for excellence in battle. The document has the stamp of the unit and hand signature of the commander.

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I am looking for an image of it. The one I posted originally via a link has disappeared.