Air War Bosnia : Un and Nato Airpower by Tim Ripley

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The Generals knew, the Marshals knew, that Zhukov was vainglorious. They knew he was both a dreadful and a dull person. They knew he was rude and a usurper. They knew he was in a class of his own as a careerist. They knew he trampled over everyone in his path. ’7 His second line of attack was to ascribe all Zhukov’s successes and achievements to the work of other people and to accuse him of failing to acknowledge their contribution. Thirdly, Suvorov subjected Zhukov’s memoirs to a forensic examination, pointing to their many omissions, evasions and contradictions.

The first salvo was fired by his wartime rival Marshal Ivan S. Konev in an article in Pravda in November 1957, published after the Central Committee plenum that deposed Zhukov as Minister of Defence. Konev attacked various aspects of Zhukov’s war record. More criticism followed in other publications. Zhukov was accused, as he had been in Stalin’s time, of claiming too much credit for wartime victories. He was faulted for failing to prepare adequately for the German invasion in June 1941. The finger of blame was pointed in his direction for defeats such as the loss of Kiev in September 1941 and the disastrous battle of Kharkov in May 1942.

1966 Marries Galina Semonovna. 1967 December: Death of Alexandra Dievna. 1968 January: Suffers stroke. 1969 April: Publication of 1st edition of Zhukov’s memoirs. 1973 November: Death of Galina Semonovna. 1974 18 June: Dies in the Kremlin hospital. Publication of the 2nd edition of Zhukov’s memoirs. INTRODUCTION: THE MEMOIRS OF GEORGY ZHUKOV By Geoffrey Roberts Georgy Zhukov’s life and career as soldier, politician and memoirist was long, complex and dramatic. It was the story of a peasant lad who rose from poverty to become the greatest Soviet general of the Second World War.

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