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This Soviet military genius was one of the finest battlefield commanders and military strategists of the 20th Century with achievements of such substance that his work will remain avidly studied by lay and professional students for many years to come. He fought through World War One and the Russian Civil War but it was in the 1939-45 conflict that he came to prominence. Although always convinced Hitler would invade, Zhukov was used only late in the day once the attacks had started, being moved to each hot spot at Stalin's behest. His ability to interpret German moves was uncanny and his success in stopping their many thrusts became legendary; his achievement in preventing the Reich forces taking Moscow is the stuff of legend. Though he regularly disputed Stalin's war policy, he was still used to stave of the attacks on Stalingrad and to launch the counter-offensive that would destroy the German Sixth Army. After the war, Zhukov was somewhat imprudent in describing his role in the Russian success and this led to further falling out with Stalin though, after the latter's death, he was named Deputy Defence Minister.

His closer involvement in politics did not suit the military man who became embroiled in the Kremlin infighting; he was kept from public gaze for much of the rest of his life until his death in 1974. Every serious student of 20th century war and military command needs to know of Zhukov's military skills and command abilities.

History & PoliticsMilitary HistorySecond World WarHistory & PoliticsMilitary StudiesHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean history Publisher: Pavilion Books Publication Date: 30/03/2005 ISBN-13: 9781857533583  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Michael Orr is a distinguished historian, writer and military analyst. His work in the Conflict Studies Research Centre at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst has broght him expertise in the military aspects of Eastern Europe in general and Russia in particular.

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