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Czechoslovakian, Vice Minister of Defense, Army, Infantry Colonel General Karel Rusov's Service Dress Uniform
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1983 period, Czechoslovakian Army, Infantry Colonel General Karel Rusov's, Service Dress Uniform, serving as the
Vice Minister of Defense of Czechoslovakia
Uniform is of the 1983 period, proof of provenance is provided by an invatation card found in the pocket of the uniform. The card is
with the crest of Austria, and translates as follows:
"The Ambassador of Austria to Czechoslovakia Karel Peterlik and his wife, duly invite the Vice Minister of Defense of the Czechoslovakian Nation, Colonel General, and his wife, Karel Rusov, to a garden party in your honor, on Sunday, the 9th of September, 1983 at 6:00pm, in Prague." This information identifies this General and provides accurate dating.
The uniform includes matching trousers. It also includes his General's peaked service cap. Also included is his white shirt which has an additional pair of Czech Colonel General's epaulettes. His O.D. color tie is present as well. Other items found in a pocket and that are included are: a comb, and 3 Canadian lapel pins (for joint maneuvers). The uniform is complete with direct embroidered Generals collar insignia leaves. Each shoulder has a Colonel General's epaulette. The uniform shows evidence of 2 right side breast badges of screw back design (USSR?). It has a
29 ribbon bar, which is direct sewn-on the jacket. Unfortunately these ribbons are not known at this time except for No. 9 which is for the "Medal for SErvice to the Homeland". Proper identification of these other ribbons would greatly increase this grouping's value.
Condition - Very Good; has a few tiny moth holes in front that are very minor in nature. The hat has 1 moth hole on the edge. The trousers are in excellent condition.
Comments from the Curator:
Czechoslovakian General's uniforms are basically non-existant in any collection. The museum's collection of over 210 General's uniforms only has
other Czech General in attendance, besides this example being offered for sale. In fact, this General's uniform is even better than the one that the museum is keeping, however t he "keeper" is a priceless pre-WWII example (although is unfortunately is not named). This Colonel General being offered is both named and of tremendous historical significance. General Rusov is the Vice Minister of Defense (i.e.: the 2nd in Command of all defense matters), which is an unbelievely high position in both the military and government. If this General were a Tank General he would never have been offered for sale by the museum. Here is your chance to acquire a reasonably prices ultra-rare Czech General of both high rank stature, and historical significance.
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