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.
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).