Sergei Shtemenko (1907-1976) was a Soviet military leader, the Chief of the USSR Armed Forces General Staff (1948-1952), the Chief of the Chief Intelligence Directorate of the USSR Armed Forces General Staff (1956-1957), Army General. He is an author of memoirs and numerous publications in the military press.
He was born in the village of Uryupinskaya; called into the Red Army in October of 1926. He studied at the Moscow Artillery School named after L. Krasin. Subsequently, he graduated from the Military Academy of Mechanization and Motorization of the Red Army and the Academy of the Red Army General Staff.
Since August 1941, Sergei Shtemenko was a Deputy Chief of the Middle East Division of the Operations Directorate of the General Staff. From May 1943 to 1946, he headed the Operations Directorate of the General Staff. In late 1943, he participated in the preparation of operations of the Separate Coastal Army to liberate the Crimea; in February to March of 1944, he participated in the organization of German troops breaching and coordination of operations of the 1st and 2nd Baltic Fronts; in June 1944, Sergei Shtemenko made a significant contribution to the preparation and conduct of the Mogilev operation on the 2nd Belorussian Front; in July he was on the 3rd Baltic Front, assisting militarycommanders in preparation and implementation of the Pskov-Ostrov operation of 1944. In June of 1945, he participated in the arrangements for the Victory Parade on the Red Square in Moscow.
Since April of 1946 Sergei Shtemenko was the Head of the Main Operations Directorate - Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the USSR. From November 1948 to June 1952, Sergei Shtemenko was the Chief of the General Staff, a Deputy Minister of the Armed Forces of the USSR. From June 1952 to March 1953, he was the Chief of Staff of the Group of Soviet Occupation Forces in Germany.
Since April 1964, he was the Head of the Chief Organization and Mobilization Department – a Deputy Chief of the General Staff.
Since August 1968, Sergei Shtemenko was the First Deputy Chief of the General Staff – the Chief of Staff of the Joint Armed Forces of the Warsaw Treaty states.
The envelope with a commemorative stamp provides an image of the emblem of the celebration of the 80th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945; the main image features a portrait of Sergei Shtemenko against the background of the map of the Berlin Operation and his writings.
In addition to the issue of the envelope with a commemorative stamp, JSC Marka produced special cancels for Volgograd, Moscow and Krasnodar.
Design Artists: A. Moskovets and R. Komsa.
Quantity: 500 thousand envelopes.