On August 11, an EWCS dedicated to the 125th Birth Anniversary of P.Batov, military commander, twice Hero of the Soviet Union, Army General, was put into postal circulation in the On the 80th Anniversary of Victory in the GPW of 1941-1945 series

Pavel Batov (1897–1985) was a Soviet military commander, twice Hero of the Soviet Union (1943, 1945), Army General (1955).

Pavel Batov was born on June 1, 1897, in the Yaroslavl Province. In 1915, he volunteered for military service in the 3rd Imperial Guard Rifle Regiment; the reserve battalion of the Regiment provided his initial training in the training reconnaissance detail. In the course of the Brusilov breakthrough, junior non-commissioned officer Batov, acting in reconnaissance on the enemy's front lines, manifested courage and bravery, for which he was awarded the 4th class Saint George’s Cross and the Saint George’s Medals For Bravery of the 3rd and 4th classes.

In August of 1918, Pavel Batov voluntarily joined the Red Army. In 1918-1919, he participated in the suppression of uprisings in Rybinsk and Yaroslavl, in battles against the Baron P. Wrangel’s Army and the liberation of the Crimea. In 1936, he graduated by correspondence from the Frunze Military Academy of the Red Army.

Pavel Batov met the outbreak of the Great Patriotic War in the Crimea. The Army under Batov's command participated in the Battle of Stalingrad, the Kalinkovichi-Mozyr operation and Operation Bagration, and later on, in the Vistula-Oder, Mlavsko-Elbing, East Prussian, East Pomeranian and Berlin offensive operations.

For combat proficiency and skillful generalship of the army in many operations, Pavel Batov was awarded the First Class Order of Suvorov, the Order of Lenin, the Order of Kutuzov and twice granted the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.

In 1950, Pavel Batov graduated from the Higher Academic Courses of the Voroshilov Military Academy. Since June of 1954, Colonel General Batov was the Principal Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany. In March of the next year, he was promoted to the rank of Army General and appointed to command the troops of the Subcarpathian Military District. In 1970-1981, Army General Pavel Batov headed the Soviet War Veterans Committee.

The envelope with a commemorative stamp provides an image of the emblem of celebration of the 80th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945; the main image features a portrait of Army General Pavel Batov.

In addition to the issue of the envelope with a commemorative stamp, JSC Marka produced special cancels for Moscow, Rybinsk of the Yaroslavl Region, Volgograd, and Yaroslavl.

Design Artists: A. Moskovets.
Quantity: 500 thousand envelopes.

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