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The Marshal of Victory: 120 years of legendary Soviet hero Georgy Zhukov

December 01, 2016, 18:54 UTC+3
December 1, 2016 marks 120 years since the birth of the Soviet legendary marshal
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Georgy Zhukov was conscripted into the army in 1915. During World War I, he was awarded the Cross of St. George twice, and promoted to the rank of non-commissioned officer for his bravery in battle. After the  1917 Revolution he joined the Bolshevik Party. Photo: Georgy Zhukov, future marshal of the Soviet Union, 1916
Georgy Zhukov was conscripted into the army in 1915. During World War I, he was awarded the Cross of St. George twice, and promoted to the rank of non-commissioned officer for his bravery in battle. After the  1917 Revolution he joined the Bolshevik Party. Photo: Georgy Zhukov, future marshal of the Soviet Union, 1916
Georgy Zhukov was conscripted into the army in 1915. During World War I, he was awarded the Cross of St. George twice, and promoted to the rank of non-commissioned officer for his bravery in battle. After the 1917 Revolution he joined the Bolshevik Party. Photo: Georgy Zhukov, future marshal of the Soviet Union, 1916
© Fotokhronika TASS
In 1939 an unknown general Georgy Zhukov defeated Japan at the Battle of Khalkhin-Gol. For his victory, Zhukov was declared a Hero of the Soviet Union. Photo: Army General Georgy Zhukov commands a counterattack near Yelnya, Russia, 1941
In 1939 an unknown general Georgy Zhukov defeated Japan at the Battle of Khalkhin-Gol. For his victory, Zhukov was declared a Hero of the Soviet Union. Photo: Army General Georgy Zhukov commands a counterattack near Yelnya, Russia, 1941
In 1939 an unknown general Georgy Zhukov defeated Japan at the Battle of Khalkhin-Gol. For his victory, Zhukov was declared a Hero of the Soviet Union. Photo: Army General Georgy Zhukov commands a counterattack near Yelnya, Russia, 1941
© Fotokhronika TASS
On 22 June 1941, Germany launched Operation Barbarossa, an invasion of the Soviet Union and in October Georgy Zhukov was assigned by Stalin to defend Moscow. Photo: Soviet marshal Georgy Zhukov outside the town of Kursk, where the WW II biggest tank battle took place, 1943
On 22 June 1941, Germany launched Operation Barbarossa, an invasion of the Soviet Union and in October Georgy Zhukov was assigned by Stalin to defend Moscow. Photo: Soviet marshal Georgy Zhukov outside the town of Kursk, where the WW II biggest tank battle took place, 1943
On 22 June 1941, Germany launched Operation Barbarossa, an invasion of the Soviet Union and in October Georgy Zhukov was assigned by Stalin to defend Moscow. Photo: Soviet marshal Georgy Zhukov outside the town of Kursk, where the WW II biggest tank battle took place, 1943
© Georgy Lipskerov/Fotokhronika TASS
Under Zhukov's leadership, Red Army troops successfully defended Moscow and won victories at Stalingrad and Berlin. Photo: Soviet Marshal Georgy Zhukov at the ceremony of signing of the declaration of surrender of Nazi Germany, 1945
Under Zhukov's leadership, Red Army troops successfully defended Moscow and won victories at Stalingrad and Berlin. Photo: Soviet Marshal Georgy Zhukov at the ceremony of signing of the declaration of surrender of Nazi Germany, 1945
Under Zhukov's leadership, Red Army troops successfully defended Moscow and won victories at Stalingrad and Berlin. Photo: Soviet Marshal Georgy Zhukov at the ceremony of signing of the declaration of surrender of Nazi Germany, 1945
© Yevgeny Khaldei/Fotokhronika TASS
Soviet Marshal Georgy Zhukov riding horse during a Victory Parade in Red Square marking victory over the Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War, 1945
Soviet Marshal Georgy Zhukov riding horse during a Victory Parade in Red Square marking victory over the Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War, 1945
Soviet Marshal Georgy Zhukov riding horse during a Victory Parade in Red Square marking victory over the Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War, 1945
© Yevgeny Khaldei/Fotokhronika TASS
General Secretary of the All-Union Communist Party Joseph Stalin, Red Army Marshals Semyon Budyonny and Georgy Zhukov attend the Moscow Victory Parade in Red Square atop Lenin’s Mausoleum on June 24, 1945
General Secretary of the All-Union Communist Party Joseph Stalin, Red Army Marshals Semyon Budyonny and Georgy Zhukov attend the Moscow Victory Parade in Red Square atop Lenin’s Mausoleum on June 24, 1945
General Secretary of the All-Union Communist Party Joseph Stalin, Red Army Marshals Semyon Budyonny and Georgy Zhukov attend the Moscow Victory Parade in Red Square atop Lenin’s Mausoleum on June 24, 1945
© Fotokhronika TASS
Zhukov's troops captured Berlin in 1945. The historical battle earned him his third title of Hero of the Soviet Union honour. Photo: Soviet Marshals Georgy Zhukov, Konstantin Rokossovsky, Vasily Sokolovsky and British Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery walking by the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, July 12, 1945
Zhukov's troops captured Berlin in 1945. The historical battle earned him his third title of Hero of the Soviet Union honour. Photo: Soviet Marshals Georgy Zhukov, Konstantin Rokossovsky, Vasily Sokolovsky and British Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery walking by the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, July 12, 1945
Zhukov's troops captured Berlin in 1945. The historical battle earned him his third title of Hero of the Soviet Union honour. Photo: Soviet Marshals Georgy Zhukov, Konstantin Rokossovsky, Vasily Sokolovsky and British Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery walking by the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, July 12, 1945
© Fotokhronika TASS
After the war, Zhukov was the supreme military commander of the Soviet Occupation Zone in Germany. Photo: Marshal Georgy Zhukov in Moscow Kremlin, November, 1945
After the war, Zhukov was the supreme military commander of the Soviet Occupation Zone in Germany. Photo: Marshal Georgy Zhukov in Moscow Kremlin, November, 1945
After the war, Zhukov was the supreme military commander of the Soviet Occupation Zone in Germany. Photo: Marshal Georgy Zhukov in Moscow Kremlin, November, 1945
© Fotokhronika TASS
In 1955, Zhukov was appointed Defense Minister. Photo: Marshal Georgy Zhukov and Prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru meet for talks, Delhi, 1957
In 1955, Zhukov was appointed Defense Minister. Photo: Marshal Georgy Zhukov and Prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru meet for talks, Delhi, 1957
In 1955, Zhukov was appointed Defense Minister. Photo: Marshal Georgy Zhukov and Prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru meet for talks, Delhi, 1957
© Vasily Yegorov/Fotokhronika TASS
On his 60th birthday, Zhukov received his fourth Hero of the Soviet Union title. Photo: Soviet marshal Georgy Zhukov rides on an elephant`s back during his official visit to India, 1957
On his 60th birthday, Zhukov received his fourth Hero of the Soviet Union title. Photo: Soviet marshal Georgy Zhukov rides on an elephant`s back during his official visit to India, 1957
On his 60th birthday, Zhukov received his fourth Hero of the Soviet Union title. Photo: Soviet marshal Georgy Zhukov rides on an elephant`s back during his official visit to India, 1957
© Vasily Yegorov/Fotokhronika TASS
In 1957 Zhukov was forced out of the government, and then stayed away from politics. Photo: Georgy Zhukov and his wife Galina talking with sculptor Viktor Dumanyan, 1966
In 1957 Zhukov was forced out of the government, and then stayed away from politics. Photo: Georgy Zhukov and his wife Galina talking with sculptor Viktor Dumanyan, 1966
In 1957 Zhukov was forced out of the government, and then stayed away from politics. Photo: Georgy Zhukov and his wife Galina talking with sculptor Viktor Dumanyan, 1966
© Yevgeny Kassin, Vladimir Savostyanov/Fotokhronika TASS
Georgy Zhukov was married twice and had three daughters. He died on 18 June 1974 and was buried on the Red Square next to the Kremlin walls. Photo: Soviet Marshal Georgy Zhukov looking at the photos made by famous Soviet photographer Yevgeny Khaldei, 1972
Georgy Zhukov was married twice and had three daughters. He died on 18 June 1974 and was buried on the Red Square next to the Kremlin walls. Photo: Soviet Marshal Georgy Zhukov looking at the photos made by famous Soviet photographer Yevgeny Khaldei, 1972
Georgy Zhukov was married twice and had three daughters. He died on 18 June 1974 and was buried on the Red Square next to the Kremlin walls. Photo: Soviet Marshal Georgy Zhukov looking at the photos made by famous Soviet photographer Yevgeny Khaldei, 1972
© Nikolai Akimov/Fotokhronika TASS
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Georgy Zhukov was conscripted into the army in 1915. During World War I, he was awarded the Cross of St. George twice, and promoted to the rank of non-commissioned officer for his bravery in battle. After the 1917 Revolution he joined the Bolshevik Party. Photo: Georgy Zhukov, future marshal of the Soviet Union, 1916
© Fotokhronika TASS
In 1939 an unknown general Georgy Zhukov defeated Japan at the Battle of Khalkhin-Gol. For his victory, Zhukov was declared a Hero of the Soviet Union. Photo: Army General Georgy Zhukov commands a counterattack near Yelnya, Russia, 1941
© Fotokhronika TASS
On 22 June 1941, Germany launched Operation Barbarossa, an invasion of the Soviet Union and in October Georgy Zhukov was assigned by Stalin to defend Moscow. Photo: Soviet marshal Georgy Zhukov outside the town of Kursk, where the WW II biggest tank battle took place, 1943
© Georgy Lipskerov/Fotokhronika TASS
Under Zhukov's leadership, Red Army troops successfully defended Moscow and won victories at Stalingrad and Berlin. Photo: Soviet Marshal Georgy Zhukov at the ceremony of signing of the declaration of surrender of Nazi Germany, 1945
© Yevgeny Khaldei/Fotokhronika TASS
Soviet Marshal Georgy Zhukov riding horse during a Victory Parade in Red Square marking victory over the Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War, 1945
© Yevgeny Khaldei/Fotokhronika TASS
General Secretary of the All-Union Communist Party Joseph Stalin, Red Army Marshals Semyon Budyonny and Georgy Zhukov attend the Moscow Victory Parade in Red Square atop Lenin’s Mausoleum on June 24, 1945
© Fotokhronika TASS
Zhukov's troops captured Berlin in 1945. The historical battle earned him his third title of Hero of the Soviet Union honour. Photo: Soviet Marshals Georgy Zhukov, Konstantin Rokossovsky, Vasily Sokolovsky and British Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery walking by the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, July 12, 1945
© Fotokhronika TASS
After the war, Zhukov was the supreme military commander of the Soviet Occupation Zone in Germany. Photo: Marshal Georgy Zhukov in Moscow Kremlin, November, 1945
© Fotokhronika TASS
In 1955, Zhukov was appointed Defense Minister. Photo: Marshal Georgy Zhukov and Prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru meet for talks, Delhi, 1957
© Vasily Yegorov/Fotokhronika TASS
On his 60th birthday, Zhukov received his fourth Hero of the Soviet Union title. Photo: Soviet marshal Georgy Zhukov rides on an elephant`s back during his official visit to India, 1957
© Vasily Yegorov/Fotokhronika TASS
In 1957 Zhukov was forced out of the government, and then stayed away from politics. Photo: Georgy Zhukov and his wife Galina talking with sculptor Viktor Dumanyan, 1966
© Yevgeny Kassin, Vladimir Savostyanov/Fotokhronika TASS
Georgy Zhukov was married twice and had three daughters. He died on 18 June 1974 and was buried on the Red Square next to the Kremlin walls. Photo: Soviet Marshal Georgy Zhukov looking at the photos made by famous Soviet photographer Yevgeny Khaldei, 1972
© Nikolai Akimov/Fotokhronika TASS

December 1, 2016 marks 120 years since the birth of the Soviet military legend - Marshal Georgy Zhukov. TASS recalls memorable events from the life of the most accomplished general of WWII. 

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