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marshall zhukov portrait

Marshal Zhukov

£75.00

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Picture. This edition was printed in 1980.
Print on heavy paper.

 

 

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The caption reads:

Georgi Konstantinovich Zhukov
1896-1974
Marshal of the Soviet Union, four times Hero of the Soviet Union. In the Great Patriotic War he was the Chief of the General Staff, Deputy Peoples’ Commissar of Defense and Deputy Senior Commander-in-Chief. He commanded fronts and as the president of the High Command, coordinated fronts during the devastation of the German fascists at Stalingrad, broke the blockade of Leningrad and won the battle of Kursk etc. On order of the Senior Commander-in-Chief he accepted the capitulation of Fascist Germany.

This picture is typical of the output of the USSR’s historical press of the 1970s and 1980s.  It is a good-quality run of an original pencil drawing made in 1970.

Marshal Zhukov indeed accomplished all the things claimed above, plus taking the victory on salute in Red Square in 1945 on a white horse.  Stories (some promoted by Zhukov himself) that he had been deliberately allocated a difficult horse from which Stalin himself had fallen the previous week are very likely untrue.   Stalin was already 67 and had a withered right arm.  He was highly unlikely to decide to ride a horse in a public celebration, something he had never done before.

In addition to his wartime feats, in 1953 at the request of the Politburo, Zhukov took part in the arrest and removal of Lavrenty Beria, the infamous former NKVD chief.

 

 

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Dimensions 60 x 45 cm