Zhukov Quotes

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I’m sitting in the prow-shaped dining room of a tourist steamer, the Georgi Zhukov, on the Yenisei River, which flows from the foothills of Mongolia to the Arctic Ocean, thus cleaving the northern Eurasian plain – a distance of some two and a half thousand versts. Given Russian distances, and the general arduousness of Russian life, you’d expect a verst to be the equivalent of – I don’t know – thirty-nine miles. In fact it’s barely more than a kilometer.
Martin Amis (House of Meetings)
Of course the Russians under Zhukov were
Herman Wouk (War and Remembrance (The Henry Family, #2))
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.
Georgi K. Zhukov
The Japanese conquest of Manchuria and their full-scale invasion of China in 1937 led to clashes on the badly mapped Soviet-Manchurian frontier. Some of these were serious and involved large-scale tank battles, which the Russians, under Marshal Zhukov, won.
Paul Johnson (Stalin: The Kremlin Mountaineer (Icons))
У истории русской страницы хватит для тех, кто в пехотном строю смело входили в чужие столицы, но возвращались в страхе в свою.
Иосиф Бродский
Order No. 227, more commonly known as ‘Not One Step Backwards’. Stalin made many changes, then signed it. The order was to be read to all troops in the Red Army. ‘Panic-mongers and cowards must be destroyed on the spot. The retreat mentality must be decisively eliminated. Army commanders who have allowed the voluntary abandonment of positions must be removed and sent for immediate trial by military tribunal.’ Anyone who surrendered was ‘a traitor to the Motherland’. Each army had to organize ‘three to five well-armed detachments (up to 200 men each)’ to form a second line to shoot down any soldier who tried to run away. Zhukov implemented this order on the Western Front within ten days, using tanks manned by specially selected officers. They followed the first wave of an attack, ready ‘to combat cowardice’, by opening fire on any soldiers who wavered. Three
Antony Beevor (Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943)
Those prisoners who were eventually liberated and returned to the Soviet Union - well over one and a half million - had to face extensive discrimination following an order issued by Stalin in August 1941 equating surrender with treason. Many of them were despatched to the labour camps of the Gulag after being screened by Soviet military counter-intelligence. Despite attempts after Stalin’s death by top military leader Marshal Georgi Zhukov to end discrimination against former prisoners of war, they were not formally rehabilitated until 1994.217
Richard J. Evans (The Third Reich at War, 1939-1945)
It was at this point that Stalin seemed to finally grasp the enormity of the disaster. He raged at his generals, even reducing the stolid Zhukov to tears.
Francis Hayes (Hitler Vs. Stalin: The Battle of Stalingrad (Historic Valor Book 2))
Technically speaking, Khrushchev’s coup followed the methods of his dead and denounced master very closely. He too needed an outside force in order to win power in the party hierarchy, and he used the support of Marshal Zhukov and the army exactly the same way Stalin had used his relationships to the secret police in the succession struggle of thirty years ago.
Hannah Arendt (The Origins of Totalitarianism)
for just as Stalin had never hesitated to purge his police cadres and liquidate their chief, so Khrushchev had followed up his inner-party maneuvers by removing Zhukov from the Presidium and Central Committee of the party, to which he had been elected after the coup, as well as from his post as highest commander of the army.
Hannah Arendt (The Origins of Totalitarianism)
The Russian general is used to such supplicant behavior. During the war, he ordered his troops to shoot any of their comrades who ran from the Germans, and any Russian village that was thought to have collaborated with the Nazis was burned to the ground. Zhukov is so feared that other Russian generals have been known to tremble in his presence. Patton does not tremble. “He was in full dress uniform much like comic opera and covered in medals,” Patton later wrote to Beatrice of Zhukov. “He is short, rather fat and has a prehensile chin like an ape but good blue eyes.” As Russian tanks rolled past the reviewing stand, Patton noticed Zhukov gloating over the new Soviet IS-3 model
Bill O'Reilly (Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General)
The State Defence Committee adopted some 10,000 resolutions and decisions of a military and economic nature during the war. All of them were carried out with precision and energy. They gave the start to assiduous work, assuring a single Party line in the country’s administration during that rigorous and arduous time.
Georgi K. Zhukov (Marshal of Victory: The Autobiography of General Georgy Zhukov)
The most important task was to step up party-political work, to raise the morale of the troops and their confidence in their strength and inevitable victory over the enemy on the approaches to Moscow.
Georgi K. Zhukov (Marshal of Victory: The Autobiography of General Georgy Zhukov)
Our objective,” he said, pacing up and down his study as was his wont, “is to deny the Germans any breathing space, to drive them westward without let-up, to make them use up their reserves before spring comes…
Georgi K. Zhukov (Marshal of Victory: The Autobiography of General Georgy Zhukov)
Viewing the events of 1942 critically, I can say now that we misjudged the situation in the Vyazma area. We had overrated the potential of our troops and underrated the enemy. He proved to be a harder nut to crack than we believed…
Georgi K. Zhukov (Marshal of Victory: The Autobiography of General Georgy Zhukov)
The hardships of the Civil War were forgotten. But we will never forget that each of us was motivated by the firm belief in the justice of the ideas proclaimed by Lenin’s Party in October 1917. British General Knox wrote to his government at that time that it was possible to crush a million-strong Bolshevik army, but when 150 million Russians did not want the whites, and wanted the Reds, it was futile helping the former.
Georgi K. Zhukov (Marshal of Victory: The Autobiography of General Georgy Zhukov)
Marshal Zhukov gave me a matter-of-fact statement of his practice, which was, roughly, ‘There are two kinds of mines; one is the personnel mine and the other is the vehicular mine. When we come to a minefield our infantry attacks exactly as if it were not there. The losses we get from personnel mines we consider only equal to those we would have gotten from machine guns and artillery if the Germans had chosen to defend that particular area with strong bodies of troops instead of mines’… I had a vivid picture,” Eisenhower noted, “of what would happen to any American or British commander if he pursued such tactics.
Victor Davis Hanson (The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won)
Zhukov was stunned. Unlikely as it might seem, most of the Leningrad tank force was made up of motionless decoys, nailed together by Shostakovich’s colleagues in the set-design team at the Mariinsky Theater.
M.T. Anderson (Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad)
Наука побеждать - не простая наука.
Georgi K. Zhukov
- Ты забудь, что он тебе доводится дядей. Он твой будущий хозяин, а богатые хозяева не любят бедных родственников. Это ты заруби себе на носу.
Georgi K. Zhukov
Конечно, все это давалось нелегко, были в работе и ошибки. Но кто не ошибается? Разве тот, кто работает только по указке сверху, не проявляя в работе творческой инициативы. Вообще говоря, дело, на мой взгляд, не столько в ошибках, сколько в том, как скоро они замечаются и устраняются.
Georgi K. Zhukov
Никому не дано права наслаждаться жизнью за счет труда другого.
Georgi K. Zhukov
Нет ничего проще, чем, когда известны все последствия, возвращаться к началу событий и давать различного рода оценки. И нет ничего сложнее, чем разобраться во всей совокупности вопросов, во всем противоборстве сил, противопоставлении множества мнений, сведений и фактов непосредственно в данный исторический момент.
Georgi K. Zhukov
The people of Zhukov had a little more freedom than most because they got to wear about nine different shades of gray. Almost festive.
William S. Frisbee, Jr. (Gates of Hell (The Last Marines Book 3))