Soviet Communist Leader L.I. Brezhnev signed military characteristic, one page, 7.75 x 11.5, dated August 20, 1944. Signed at the conclusion in pencil by Brezhnev. In fine condition, with overall toning and expected document wear.

Military characteristic of lecturer of political department 18th army - major Sherbak Ivan Petrovich.

Date of birth - 1910, Ukrainian, member of Communist Party from 1940. Education-general, no university diploma. He is serving in Red Army from 1941, awarded with orders "The Patriotic War" 2d Degree, "Red Star", and medal for "Military Merit"

Comrade Sherbak is participating in Patriotic War since September 1941. During the work of lecturer of political department comrade Sherbak shows his experience in political and agitation work. He pays a great attention in education of the commanders and solders.

His is energetic, disciplined, political literacy, sociable, well respected among officers and other Army ranks.

Conclusion: Corresponds to his position

The chief of political department of 18th Army, Colonel L.I. Brezhnev

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 protege. 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.