Ivan Vasilyevich Panfilov (1893−1941) was a Soviet Major General and a posthumous Hero of the Soviet Union.
During the Great Patriotic War he commanded the 316th
Rifle Division at the Northwestern and Western fronts. In October-November 1941 during the defense of Moscow the soldiers and commanders of Panfilov’s 316th
Rifle Division despite heavy casualties managed to significantly delay the German advance on the capital defending a 41-kilometer long sector to the south of Volokolamsk. On 16 November 1941, the troop of tank fighters of the 316th
Division in the course of a fierce fight near the village of Dubosekovo stopped for 4 hours the advance of 50 German tanks having destroyed 18 of those. The heroic act went down in history as the legend of Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen.
The envelope with a commemorative stamp depicts Ivan Panfilov’s portrait against a battle composition and the Gold Star medal.
In addition to the envelope, JSC “Marka” has released a special cancellation postmark for the village of Nelidovo, Moscow Oblast.
Design: А. Moskovets.
Circulation: 1 million.