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KURSK, SOVIET UNION, WWII: Битва под Курском [Bitva pod Kurskom / Battle at Kursk].



A rare poster map, showing the Battle of Kursk during WWII, was published by the Higher School of Communist Party of the Soviet Union, the highest educational institution on the Soviet Union. 

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A large poster with text in Russian Cyrillic, shows the Battle of Kursk during WWII, with images of a defeated German battlefield and Soviet salute to Moscow. The Battle of Kursk was a Second World War engagement between German and Soviet forces on the Eastern Front in the Soviet Union during July and August 1943.

The poster was made as a part of an educational material by the Department of Social-Economics at the Higher School of Communist Party of the Soviet Union in Moscow. The Higher School of the Communist Party ‘Vladimir Ilyich Lenin’ was the highest education organ in the Soviet Union, accepting students, which had to be less than 40 years old, members of the Communist Party for more than five years, and had recommendations from other party members. The school operated between 1939-1991.

The drawn image of Stalin at the Moscow front was based on a draft by a Russian military painter and illustrator Pawel Petrowitsch Sokolow-Skalja (1899 -1961).

The print was made for educational purposes and was probably only distributed to main institutions of the Communist party. The stamp in the lower corner is of Estonian Ministerium for Education. 

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