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|Minister of Defense of the Soviet Union|
9 February 1955 – 26 October 1957
|Preceded by||Nikolai Bulganin|
|Succeeded by||Rodion Malinovsky|
1 December 1896|
Strelkovka, Kaluga, Russian Empire
18 June 1974 (aged 77)|
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Political party||Communist Party of the Soviet Union|
Russian Imperial Army|
|Years of service||1915–1957|
|Battles/wars||World War I, Russian Civil War, Battle of Khalkhin Gol (Nomonhan), Great Patriotic War|
Georgy Zhukov (December 1, 1896 – June 18, 1974) was a Soviet general during World War II. He first became famous for stopping a Japanese invasion in Mongolia. During Operation Barbarossa, he arrived in Moscow with his army in just enough time to defend the city.
Later in the war he led Soviet forces to victory at the Battle of Stalingrad and Kursk, broke the Siege of Leningrad, destroyed the German center with Operation Bagration, invaded Germany and led the Battle of Berlin.