Image source: Pavel Korin: Marshal Zhukov (1949)
Source: Tarakhanov, Aleksei and Sergei Kavtaradze: Architecture of the Stalin Era. New York: Rizzoli. 1992.
The above-linked image portrays generals adorned in medals, trampling Nazi flags and in front of Russian symbols like the profiles of both Lenin and Stalin. The picture is an image of propaganda, glorifying the power of the military generals.
This audio clip is from Genreal Zhukov’s address to the victory parade in 1945. “Marshal Zhukov gave the address at a victory parade held in Moscow’s Red Square on June 24, 1945. Representatives from all battle fronts took part. The victors threw banners captured from Hitler’s army at the base of Lenin’s Mausoleum”
Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, Epaulets for the Red Army. January 6, 1943
Original Source: Vedomosti, No. 2 (10 January 1943).
The Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR decrees:
1. To comply with the petition of the People’s Commissar of Defense and introduce, in place of the existing (insignia), new insignia of rank–epaulets for Red Army personnel.
2. To approve the models and description of the insignias of rank of Red Army personnel.
3. To authorize the People’s Commissariat of Defense of the USSR to fix the date of change to the new insignia and introduce the necessary changes in the uniform of Red Army personnel.
Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Union of Socialist Republics, Kalinin
Secretary of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Union of Socialist Republics, Gorkin
J. Meisel and E. S. Kozera, eds., Materials for the Study of the Soviet System (Ann Arbor: G. Wahr Pub. Co., 1953), pp. 372-373.