Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov (November 19 1896 – June 18, 1974) – Soviet commander and statesman. Marshal of the Soviet Union (02.16.1943), four times Hero of the Soviet Union, cavalier of two orders “Victory”, member of the Presidium of the CPSU Central Committee (June 29 on June 29 –29 October 1957). USSR Minister of Defense (1955-1957).
In the post -war years, he received the popular nickname “Marshal of Victory”. The deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th convocations. In the course of the Great Patriotic War, he consistently held the positions of the chief of the Soviet General Staff, the front commander, a member of the High Command Bedes, and the Supreme High Commander of the Armed Forces of the USSR. In the post -war period, he served as the commander in chief of the Ground Forces, commanded the Odessa, then the Ural military districts. In 1957, he was expelled from the CPSU Central Committee, removed from all posts in the army and in 1958 was dismissed. The statement about George Zhukov, attributed to Adolf Hitler: “If there were at least one such general as Zhukov in the German army, Germany would have won world domination.”
In the American, German, French historiography, some experts call him one of the most outstanding commanders of the Second World War.