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Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov (Russian: Гео́ргий Константи́нович Жу́ков; 1 December 1896 – 18 June 1974) was a Soviet general and Marshal of the Soviet Union. He also served as Chief of the General Staff, Minister of Defence, and was a member of the Presidium of the Communist Party (later Politburo). During the Second World War, Zhukov oversaw some of the Red Army's most decisive victories.

Born to a poor peasant family from central Russia, Zhukov was conscripted into the Imperial Russian Army and fought in the First World War. He served in the Red Army during the Russian Civil War. Gradually rising through the ranks, by 1939 Zhukov was given command of an army group and won a decisive battle over Japanese forces at Khalkhin Gol, for which he won the first of his four Hero of the Soviet Union awards. In February 1941, Zhukov was appointed as chief of the Red Army's General Staff.

Following the German invasion of the Soviet Union, Zhukov lost his position as chief of the general staff. Subsequently, he organized the defense of Leningrad, Moscow, and Stalingrad. He participated in planning several major offensives, including the Battle of Kursk and Operation Bagration. In 1945, Zhukov commanded the 1st Belorussian Front; he took part in the Vistula–Oder Offensive and the Battle of Berlin, which resulted in the defeat of Nazi Germany, and the end of the war in Europe. In recognition of Zhukov's role in the war, he was chosen to accept the German Instrument of Surrender and inspect the Moscow Victory Parade of 1945.
World War I[edit]
In 1915, Zhukov was conscripted into the Imperial Russian Army, where he served in the 10th Dragoon Novgorod Regiment. During World War I, Zhukov was awarded the Cross of St. George twice, and promoted to the rank of non-commissioned officer for his bravery in battle.

He joined the Bolshevik Party after the 1917 October Revolution; in party circles his background of poverty became a significant asset. After recovering from a serious case of typhus, he fought in the Russian Civil War, serving with the 1st Cavalry Army, among other formations. He completed a cavalry training course for officers in 1920 and received his commission as an officer. He received the Order of the Red Banner for his part in subduing the Tambov Rebellion in 1921.[5]
On 22 June 1941, Germany launched Operation Barbarossa, an invasion of the Soviet Union. On the same day, Zhukov responded by signing the "Directive of Peoples' Commissariat of Defence No. 3", which ordered an all-out counteroffensive by Red Army forces. He commanded the troops to "encircle and destroy [the] enemy grouping near Suwałki and to seize the Suwałki region by the evening of 24 June" and "to encircle and destroy the enemy grouping invading in [the] Vladimir-Volynia and Brody direction" and even "to seize the Lublin region by the evening of 24 June".[30]

Despite numerical superiority, this manoeuvre failed and disorganized Red Army units were destroyed by the Wehrmacht. Zhukov subsequently claimed that he was forced to sign the document by Joseph Stalin, despite the reservations that he raised.[31] This document was supposedly written by Aleksandr Vasilevsky.[32]

On 29 July, Zhukov was removed from his post of chief of the general staff. In his memoirs he gives his suggested abandoning of Kiev to avoid an encirclement as a reason for it.[33] On the next day the decision was made official and he was appointed the commander of the Reserve Front.[33] There he oversaw the Yelnya Offensive. On 10 September, Zhukov was made the commander of the Leningrad Front.[34] There he oversaw the defence of the city.

On 6 October, Zhukov was appointed the representative of Stavka for the Reserve and Western Fronts.[35] On 10 October, those fronts were merged into the Western Front under Zhukov's command.[36] This front then participated in the Battle of Moscow and several Battles of Rzhev.
 

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A formidable general and a tactician that defeated imperialist Japan and Nazi Germany. He was also a ruthless leader who was willing to have huge casualties in order to win.

People wrongly ascribe the battle of Stalingrad to him. Yes, he was involved in the planning at the defense ministry in Moscow and later on led the counter-attack. However, the commander that led the defence was Chuikov, he orchestrated the tactic of 'hugging the enemy' which turned the battle into an ordinary street fight.

What made Zhukov great is, he was perhaps the only general that could say no to Stalin. If the German generals could say no to Hitler and his constant interferences at the war table, perhaps they could've won the war aswell
 

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George Beetle was one of a kind for sure. Stalin fried many, but not him.
He wouldn't dare, it would kill the moral of the army. The soldiers loved him and they would say 'wherever Zhukov is, there is victory'

I hate it when dictators with chip on their shoulders think they can play general. Hitler was miserable corporal and thought he could devise an entire warplan. Look how annoyed General Von Manstein is @1.55

 

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