Georgy Zhukov

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If the nation only knew their hands dripped with innocent blood, it would have met them not with applause but with stones.

Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov (December 1 [O.S. November 19] 1896June 18, 1974) was a Soviet military commander who, in the course of World War II, led the Red Army to liberate the Soviet Union from the Axis Powers' occupation, to advance through much of Eastern Europe, and to conquer Germany's capital, Berlin. Zhukov remained a popular figure in the Soviet Union until his death in 1974 although by his own admission he was much better dealing with military matters than with politics. He was buried with full military honors.

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  • It is a fact that under equal conditions, large-scale battles and whole wars are won by troops which have a strong will for victory, clear goals before them, high moral standards, and devotion to the banner under which they go into battle.
    • Quoted in "The Military Quotation Book" - Page 15 - by James Charlton - 2002
  • The nature of encounter operations required of the commanders limitless initiative and constant readiness to take the responsibility for military actions.
    • Quoted in "The Military Quotation Book" - Page 49 - by James Charlton - 2002
  • If we come to a minefield, our infantry attacks exactly as it were not there.
    • To General Eisenhower, 1945. Quoted in "Russia: The People and the Power" - Page 207 - by Robert G. Kaiser - History - 1984
  • Nazis did not expect Soviet resistance to be so strong. The deeper they moved into this country's territory, the more fierce it became. When Hitler's armies approached Moscow, every man and woman here thought it imperative to resist the enemy. And that resistance grew by the day. The enemy was sustaining heavy losses, one after another. In fact, Hitler's best troops perished here. Nazis believed the Red Army was not capable of defending Moscow, but their schemes failed.
    • Quoted in "The Voice of Russia" - Copyright 2005 - by Olga Troshina
  • Generalissimo Stalin directed every move... made every decision... He is the greatest and wisest military genius who ever lived...
    • Quoted in "TOP GENERAL: ZHUKOV" - from "Time" Magazine, Monday, February 21, 1955
  • We will do all we can to insure peace... but if war is imposed upon us we will be together shoulder to shoulder as in the last war to strive for the happiness of mankind.
    • Quoted in "Odd World: A Photo-reporter's Story" - Page 299 - by John Phillips - 1959
  • If they [the Germans] attack, we will defend. If they do not attack until winter comes, then we will and will tear them to shreds!
    • Quoted in "Rickenbacker: [an autobiography]" - Page 373 - by Eddie Rickenbacker - Air pilots, Military - 1967
  • And now German generals find it hard to explain away their retreat.
    • Quoted in "These are the Russians" - Page 131 - by Richard Edward Lauterbach - 1945
  • There are things in Russia which are not as they seem.
    • Quoted in "Mandate for Change, 1953-1956: The White House Years" - Page 518 - by Dwight David Eisenhower - 1963
  • The mere existence of atomic weapons implies the possibility of their use.
    • Quoted in "The arms race: a programme for world disarmament" - Page 297 - by Philip John Noel-Baker - Political Science - 1960
  • There's no smoke without fire.
    • Quoted in "Stalin's Generals" - Page 359 - by Harold Shukman - History - 2002
  • If you feel that the Chief of the General Staff talks only rubbish, my place is not here. Better to give me a command at the front where I can be of better use!
    • To Joseph Stalin. Quoted in "Field Marshal Von Manstein, a Portrait: The Janus Head" - Page 164 - by Marcel Stein, Gwyneth Fairbank - History - 2007
  • The longer the battle lasts the more force we'll have to use!
    • Quoted in "A History of the Modern Age" - Page 175 - by Albert Fried, Julian K. Prescott - United States - 1971
  • Winning depended to a large extent on the determination of the troops and the officers. The certainty that we were going to win kept up everyone's spirits, from privates to generals.
    • Quoted in "Memoirs" - Page 167 - by Andreĭ Andreevich Gromyko, Harold Shukman - 1990
  • If the nation only knew their hands dripped with innocent blood, it would have met them not with applause but with stones.
    • Quoted in "A Century of Violence in Soviet Russia" - Page 3 - by Alexander N. Yakovlev, Anthony Austin - Political Science - 2002 -
  • Here they found real war, but they were not ready for it. They were used to easy victories. This deprived them of flexibility on the one hand, of tenacity on the other. For them, war was merely maneuvers. They have neither cavalry nor skiers, their tanks cannot pass over the snow.
    • Quoted in "The Tempering of Russia" - Page 120 - by Alexander Samuel Kaun - 1944

About Zhukov[edit]

  • Zhukov was the only person who feared no one. He was not afraid of Stalin.
    • Marshal Timoshenko
  • Zhukov's right arm, which once was enlisted in a just cause, will battle no more. Sleep! Russian history holds, as is fitting, Space for the exploits of those who, though bold, marching triumphant through foreign cities, trembled in terror when they came home.
    • Joseph Brodsky, poem written in memory of Zhukov in 1974.
  • Zhukov was the most successful commander of World War II, who fell from grace under Khrushchev, but never lost his place in the pantheon of Soviet heroes.
    • Dan Richardson

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