Widely regarded as the most accomplished general of World War II, the Soviet military legend Marshal Georgy Zhukov at last gets the full-scale biographical treatment he has long deserved. A man of indomitable will and fierce determination, Georgy Zhukov was the Soviet Union's indispensable commander… More »
Widely regarded as the most accomplished general of World War II, the Soviet military legend Marshal Georgy Zhukov at last gets the full-scale biographical treatment he has long deserved. A man of indomitable will and fierce determination, Georgy Zhukov was the Soviet Union's indispensable commander through every one of the critical turning points of World War II. It was Zhukov who saved Leningrad from capture by the Wehrmacht in September 1941, Zhukov who led the defense of Moscow in October 1941, Zhukov who spearheaded the Red Army's march on Berlin and formally accepted Germany's unconditional surrender in the spring of 1945. Drawing on the latest research from recently opened Soviet archives, including the uncensored versions of Zhukov's own memoirs, Roberts offers a vivid portrait of a man whose tactical brilliance was matched only by the cold-blooded ruthlessness with which he pursued his battlefield objectives. After the war, Zhukov was a key player on the geopolitical scene. As Khrushchev's defense minister, he was one of the architects of Soviet military strategy during the Cold War. While lauded in the West as a folk hero -- he was the only Soviet general ever to appear on the cover of Time magazine -- Zhukov repeatedly ran afoul of the Communist political authorities. Wrongfully accused of disloyalty, he was twice banished and erased from his country's official history -- left out of books and paintings depicting Soviet World War II victories. Piercing the hyperbole of the Zhukov personality cult, Roberts debunks many of the myths that have sprung up around Zhukov's life and career to deliver fresh insights into the marshal's relationships with Stalin, Khrushchev, and Eisenhower. A remarkably intimate portrait of a man whose life was lived behind an Iron Curtain of official secrecy, Stalin's General is an authoritative biography that restores Zhukov to his rightful place in the twentieth-century military pantheon. - Publisher.« Less
Sic transit gloria: the rises and falls of Marshal Georgy Zhukov -- Fabled youth: from peasant childhood to communist soldier, 1896-1921 -- a soldier's life: the education of a red commander, 1922-1938 -- Khalkhin-Gol, 1939: the blooding of a general -- In Kiev: war games and preparations, 1940 -- Architect of disaster? Zhukov and June 22, 1941 -- Stalin's general: saving Leningrad and Moscow, 1941 -- Architect of victory: Stalingrad, 1942 -- Na zapad! From Kursk to Warsaw, 1943-1944 -- Red storm: the conquest of Germany, 1945 --Exiled to the provinces: disgrace and rehabilitation, 1946-1954 -- Minister of defense: triumph and travesty, 1955-1957 -- Final battle: the struggle for history, 1958-1974 -- Marshal of victory
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The Political impact on the Japanese of their defeat at Khalkhin-Gol was to strengthen advocates of a "Southern Strategy" for Japan. Zkuhov did not know it but he had helped set Japan down the path to the Pearl Harbor attack in December 1941.