WW2 Cigarette Case SMERSH – Russian Counter-Intelligence Agencies in the Red Army, 1942
For your consideration is the Russian WW2 Cigarette Case made from the wood.
The cigarette case has inscription on it (in Russian) – To Be a Hero (Будь Героем) and Soviet Star. Also inside the case is other inscription: Коле от Брата Васи, 1942.
This cigarette case belonged to Swiridow N. He was serviced in SMERSH – Russian Counter-Intelligence Agencies in the Red Army. We bought two cigarette cases belonged to the same person. One of them has inscription about SMERSH – look at the images (sold).
From real old collection, for historic museum or private collection.
Size: 97 x 65 x 16 mm.
This item was obtained from a large old collection in Europe. The previous owner is opening a museum of WW2 Military and he needs some money for that. He has 20.000+ items for his museum. We bought from him 350+ unique items museum qualification and now we are starting to listing it.
Estimate price: $350 – $400.
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The item does not promote or glorify violence, racial or religious intolerance and are selling only for historical purpose to people who are interested in World history. The items will not be sent to the countries where they are not allowed to be sold.
History: SMERSH (Russian: СМЕРШ – acronym of “death to spies” – Russian: Смерть шпионам [SMERt’ SHpionam]) was an umbrella organisation for three independent counter-intelligence agencies in the Red Army formed in late 1942 or even earlier, but officially announced only on 14 April 1943. The name SMERSH was coined by Joseph Stalin. The main reason for its creation was to subvert the attempts by German forces to infiltrate the Red Army on the Eastern Front. The official statute of SMERSH listed the following tasks to be performed by the organisation: counter-intelligence, counter-terrorism, preventing any other activity of foreign intelligence in the Red Army; fighting “anti-Soviet elements” in the Red Army; protection of the front lines against penetration by spies and “anti-Soviet elements”; investigating traitors, deserters and self-harm in the Red Army; and checking military and civil personnel returning from captivity. The organisation was officially in existence until 4 May 1946, when its duties were transferred back to the NKGB. The head of the agency throughout its existence was Viktor Abakumov, who rose to become Minister of State Security in the postwar years.