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Georgy Zhukov

Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov
Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation

Profession: Marshal of the Soviet Union

Nationality:
Russia
Russian
Soviet Union
Soviet

Why Famous: A career officer in the Red Army of the Soviet Union, who rose to become the Chief of General Staff, Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Minister of Defense and a member of the Politburo.

During World War II, he participated in many key battles, including the Battles of Stalingrad, Kursk and Berlin.

Zhukov participated in signing the German Instrument of Surrender and entered politics after the war, rising in and out of political favor until his forced retirement in 1957.

Born: December 1, 1896
Birthplace: Strelkovka (modern-day Zhukov, Russia), Russian Empire

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: June 18, 1974 (aged 77)
Cause of Death: Stroke

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Historical Events

  • 1940-12-11 Russian general Georgy Zhukov warns of German assault
  • 1941-01-01 Russian general Georgy Zhukov appointed chief of general staff
  • 1945-05-08 German General Wilhelm Keitel formally surrenders to the Allies represented by the United States, the UK, France and the Soviet Union in Berlin
  • 1957-10-26 USSR fires defense minister Marshal Georgi Zhukov