Zhukov, Georgi Konstantinovich
1896- Born on the 2nd of December.
- He rose from tsarist army ranks to become the most decorated military figure in soviet history, four times a “hero of the soviet union”.
1919 - He joined the communist party.
1937-38 - He advanced rapidly through different military posts during stalin’s infamous army purge.
1941- Became the chief of staff of the red army, and he was involved in every great soviet victory during World War II, including Moscow, Stalingrad, and Kursk.
1943 - Zhukov led the invasion of Germany.
1945 - Became commander in chief of the soviet occupation forces.
1953 - Fearful of Zhukov’s popularity and power, stalin removed him from center stage, but a long friendship with Nikita Khrushchev helped bring him back to prominence afte stalin’s death.
-he became a member of the party’s central committee and later of the politburo.
1957 - While minister of defense, Zhukov played an important role in blocking an attempt to oust Khrushchev, but Khrushchev soon became suspicious of Zhukov.
1957 - Zhukov was forced into retirement.
1974- Died on June 18
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