Georgy Zhukov

Marshal of the Soviet Union (1896-1974)

Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov (December 1, 1896 – June 18, 1974) was a Soviet general during World War II. He first became famous for stopping a Japanese invasion in Mongolia. During Operation Barbarossa, he arrived in Moscow with his army in just enough time to defend the city.

Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov
Гео́ргий Константинович Жу́ков
Minister of Defense of the Soviet Union
In office
9 February 1955 – 26 October 1957
PremierNikolai Bulganin
Preceded byNikolai Bulganin
Succeeded byRodion Malinovsky
Personal details
Born(1896-12-01)1 December 1896
Strelkovka, Kaluga, Russian Empire
Died18 June 1974(1974-06-18) (aged 77)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Political partyCommunist Party of the Soviet Union
Military service
Allegiance Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
Branch/serviceRussian Imperial Army
Soviet Army
Years of service1915–1957
Battles/warsWorld War I, Russian Civil War, Battle of Khalkhin Gol (Nomonhan), Great Patriotic War

Later in the war he led Soviet forces to victory at the Battle of Stalingrad and Kursk, broke the Siege of Leningrad, destroyed the German center in the 1944 summer offensive called Operation Bagration, invaded Germany and led the Battle of Berlin.

He was 4 times Hero of the Soviet Union and had many more medals. After Stalin died he became Minister of Defense.

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