The family name derives from triantáfyllo, τριαντάφυλλο, Modern Greek for the rose flower. His family had moved to Russia. Graduating from the Moscow Praporshchik School in 1915, he served in the Russian Army in World War I, earning the rank of captain.
During the Russian Civil War, he rose in rank up to brigade commander while fighting on various fronts.
In 1923, he was appointed chief of the Operations Directions of the Soviet General Staff and Deputy Chief of the General Staff. Vladimir Triandafillov was the author of two fundamental military doctrine works: Scale of the operations of modern armies, published in 1926 and Characteristics of the operations of the modern armies, published in 1929.
In these two works, he elaborated his deep operations theory about the future warfare. The objective of a "deep operation" was to attack the enemy simultaneously throughout the depth of his ground force to induce a catastrophic failure in his defensive system.
Highly mobile formations would then exploit this failure by breaking into the deep rear of the enemy and destroying his ability to rebuild his defenses.
Vladimir Triandafillov was killed in an aircraft crash on July 12, 1931 and was buried in the Kremlin Wall Necropolis. The quality of his work was realised late during World World War II, when Georgy Zhukov said that his success was due to closely following Triandafillov"s deep operations doctrine. K.A. Zalessky, Stalin"s empire (biographic dictionary), Moscow, Veche, 2000
Great Soviet Encyclopedia, Moscow, 1969 — 1978
Triandafillov, Vladimir, Kipp, Jacob West., (transport), The Nature of the Operations of Modern Armies (Cass Series on the Soviet Study of War, 5), Routledge, 1st edition, 1994.