Georgy Zhukov

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Georgy Zhukov
Гео́ргий Жу́ков
Minister of Defense of the Soviet Union
In office
9 February 1955 – 26 October 1957
Premier Nikolai Bulganin
Preceded by Nikolai Bulganin
Succeeded by Rodion Malinovsky
Personal details
Born 1 December 1896(1896-12-01)
Strelkovka, Kaluga, Russian Empire
Died 18 June 1974(1974-06-18) (aged 77)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Soviet
Political party Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Signature
Military service
Allegiance  Russian Empire
 USSR
Service/branch Russian Imperial Army
Soviet Army
Years of service 1915–1957
Rank Marshal
Battles/wars World War I, Russian Civil War, Battle of Khalkhin Gol (Nomonhan), Great Patriotic War

Georgy 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.

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 with Operation Bagration, invaded Germany and led the Battle of Berlin.

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