Red Army commander during the Russian Civil War
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|Description||Vasily Ivanovich Chapayev ( February 9 [O.S. January 28] 1887 – September 5, 1919) was a celebrated Russian soldier and Red Army commander during the Russian Civil War.
Chapaev was born into a poor peasant family in a village called Budayka, now part of Cheboksary. During World War I, he fought as a non-commissioned officer and was awarded the Cross of St. George three times. In September 1917, he joined the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party (Bolsheviks). In December was elected commander of the 138 Infantry Regiment by a vote of the regiment’s soldiers. He later commanded the 2nd Nikolaev Division and the 25th Rifle Division.
On September 5, 1919, the divisional headquarters near Lbishchensk (now renamed Chapayev in his honour) were ambushed by White Army forces. According to official sources, Chapayev tried to escape by swimming across the Ural River, but was never again seen alive. “In 1919, a wounded Chapayev was shot and drowned in the Ural river”. His body was never recovered, but the town where he died was later renamed Chapaev, and a museum was established in 1927.
|Type||Illustrated Envelop with special cancellation “100th Birthday Anniversary”,|
|Published by/for:||Ministry of Communications, 1986|