Matvey ZAKHAROV, USSR Marshal of the Soviet Union since 1959. Chief of General Staff, Soviet Army and Navy, and USSR First Deputy Minister of Defense since 1960; Member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, since 1961. several Order of Lenin; higher military award of Mongolian. Popular Republic Order of Sukhe-Bator, 1961; other orders; medals; Hero of Soviet Union. Member, Communist Party, since 1917.
1944-1945 helped plan and lead major mobile operations in Rumania, Hungary, Austria and Czechoslovakia. Deputy, USSR Supreme Soviet of 1954 and 1958 convocation. 1955 promoted to full general.
Until 1917 mechanic at Siemens and Halske Plant in Petrograd. 1917 volunteer in Red Guard. Paricipated in Bolshevik uprising in October 1917 and storming of Winter Palace in Petrograd.
Commanded artillery units in Civil War. Since 1918 staff posts in Red Army. During World War II appointed Chief of Staff on: Kalinin Front, 1941.
Leningrad Front and Steppe Front, 1943. Second Ukrainia Front, 1944. Transbaykal Front, 1945.
After World War II Deputy Commander, Soviet Forces in Far East. Head, Voroshilov Higher Military Academy. Deputy Chief, Army General Staff, and Chief Inspector, USSR Armed Forces.
1955-1957 Commander, Leningrad Military District. November 1957-April 1960 Commander, group of Soviet occupation troops in Germany.