1939-1940 commanded brigade. 1941 commanded division, then infantry corps. 1943 commanded 3rd Army on Bryansk Front and directed military operations in battle of KurskOrel bulge.
1944-1945 fought in Belarusian operation. 1945-1950 commanded special Kaliningrad group of Soviet forces, deployed in area of East Prussia bordering on USSR. 1950-1955 Commander, USSR Airborne Troops.
At 1958 Congress of Communist Party Latvia elected member of the Central Committee. Deputy, USSR Supreme Soviet of 1950, 1954 and 1958 convocation.