In May 1942, Admiral Nikolai Kuznetsov, the People’s Commissar of the USSR Navy, ordered a naval cadet school be established on the Solovetsky Islands as part of the training detachment of the Soviet Northern Fleet. The school recruited 14- and 15-year-old teenage Komsomol members.
The cadets studied at the school for 12 months, after which they went on to serve in the Navy. They were enlisted in the staff on their full age. They became the youngest professionally trained war participants, who rose to defend their native country with arms in their hands.
The school trained 4,111 radio operators, helmsmen, boatswains, mechanics, and electricians in three graduating classes of 1942–1944. One in four graduates was killed in fights for the Motherland.
The envelope with an original stamp features an emblem of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945. The main image depicts a scene of boat drill.
Additionally, JSC “Marka” will manufacture a special cancellation postmark for Solovetsky, Arkhangelsk Oblast.
Design: A. Moskovets (emblem), R. Komsa (illustration)
Circulation: 1,000,000 copies.