The General Who Won WWII – You Never Guess How Stalin Rewarded Him
Georgy Zhukov was a Soviet career officer in the Red Army who, in the course of World War II, played the most pivotal role in leading the Red Army drive through much of Eastern Europe to liberate the Soviet Union and other nations from the occupation of Nazi Germany and it’s vassals. Ultimately he was the General to conquer Berlin forcing Adolf Hitler to commit suicide. He is the most decorated general officer in the history of the Soviet Union and Russia.
Amongst many notable generals in World War II, Zhukov was placed at the top due to the number and scale of victories, his talent in operational and strategic command was recognized by many people. Many famous military leaders in the world such as Bernard Montgomery and Dwight D. Eisenhower recognized Zhukov’s great contributions in many important victories.
Zuhkov was born in 1896 and was conscripted into the army of the Tsar in 1915, he spent the rest of his life in the military. In 1938 he was appointed to command the First Soviet Mongolian Army Group which was defending the border between Mongolia and the Japanese-controlled state of Manchukuo. Border skirmishes, initiated by the Japanese to test the Soviets quickly escalated into a full scale war with the Japanese employing over 80,000 men plus tanks and airplanes. In a daring and successful attack Zhukov, used artillery, fighters and bombers and hundreds of tanks, encircled the Japanese and pushed them back into Manchukuo. Zhukov demonstrated and tested the techniques later used against the Germans in the Eastern Front of the Second World War.
He was declared a Hero of the Soviet Union and promoted to Army General. In 1941 Zhukov was promoted to Chief of the General Staff and endured the German invasion of the Soviet Union on June 22nd 1941. He did not last long as Chief, he was relieved at the end July 1941 because he suggested to give up the Ukrainian capital Kiev.
He then commanded the Leningrad front (front: roughly equivalent to an army group) and prepared the city for defense, took over the southwestern front to defend Stalingrad and was involved operation Uranus, the Stalingrad counteroffensive that trapped and later destroyed the German 6th Army. After commanding more Soviet operations he was a Stavka (Soviet High Command) coordinator at the Battle of Kursk in July 1943. According to his memoirs, he played a central role in the planning of the battle and the hugely successful offensive that followed. However this is disputed by the Commander of the Central Front Konstantin Rokossovsky.
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