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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|
9 February 1955 – 26 October 1957
|Preceded by||Nikolai Bulganin|
|Succeeded by||Rodion Malinovsky|
|Born||1 December 1896|
Strelkovka, Kaluga, Russian Empire
|Died||18 June 1974 (aged 77)|
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Political party||Communist Party of the Soviet Union|
|Allegiance|| Russian Empire|
|Branch/service||Russian Imperial Army|
|Years of service||1915–1957|
|Battles/wars||World 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.