Lot 1147: Trotsky, Leon



2015-09-16 14:12:21

Lot 1147: Trotsky Leon: (1879-1940) Russian Marxist Revolutionary, Founder And First Leader Of The Red Army. An Unusual D.S., L Trotsky, In Cyrillic, One Page, Oblong 4To, N.P. [Petrograd?], 7Th May 1918, In Cyrillic. The Typed Document Bears A 2 X 3 Portrait Photograph Affixed To Left Border, And Is A Pass For A French Military Officer. Trotsky, In His Capacity As People'S Commissar Of Military And Naval Affairs Of The Soviet Union And Chairman Of The Supreme Military Council, Issues A Pass Stating 'The Bearer Hereof Is In Fact A French Service Colonel Gerstel(?), Who Is Rendering Services To Soviet Authorities. All Individuals And Institutions Are Asked To Lend Assistance To Colonel Gerstel.'. Signed By Trotsky In Black Ink At The Conclusion And Bearing The Countersignature Of The Manager Of The Office Of The People'S Commissar. Large Blue Pencil Cancellation Across The Document, Although Not Affecting The Legibility Of The Text. A Very Small Tear To The Left Edge, Light Folds And Some Light Age Wear. Vg . In May 1918, Trotsky Gained Full Control Of The Red Army With Fewer Than 300.000 Men. Only Five Months Later The Red Army Was Counting With One Million Men. International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction October 2015 Saturday, 3rd October 2015 Estimate: £800-1200
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