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Vasiliy Danilovich SOKOLOVSKY

Vasiliy SOKOLOVSKY, USSR Marshal of the Soviet Union since 1947. Former USSR First Deputy Minister of Defense, 1949-1960, and Chief of General Staff, Soviet Army and Air Force, 1955-1960; retired since 1960; candidate member of the Central Committee, Communist Party of the Soviet Union, since 1961. Hero of Soviet Union; seven Order of Lenin; many other orders; medals; highest medals of satellite countries and government allied in 1941-1945 war.

Background

  • SOKOLOVSKY, Vasiliy was born in 1897 in village Kozlik, Belostok Uezd, Grodno Gubemiya, now Polish territory.

  • Education

    • 1921 graduated Red Army General Staff Academy.

    Career

    • 1922 active in liquidation of members of national (“Basmachi”) movement in Central Asia (Turkestan, Bukhara, Khorezm). During World War II with rank of Lieutenant-General, Colonel-General and then Army General, directed planning and implementation of Smolensk operation. Helped prepare and carry out Lvov, VistulaOder, Berlin and many other World War II operations.

      1948-1949 directed blockade of West Berlin. Deputy, USSR Supreme Soviet of all convocation. Member, Editorial Board, “Istoriya velikoy otechestvennoy voiny sovetskogo soyuza 1941-1945” (History of the Great Patriotic War of the Soviet Union, 1941-1945).

    Politics

    Member, Communist Party, since 1931.

    Membership

    Member, Communist Party, since 1931.
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