Marshal G. K. Zhukov receives the Victory Parade in Moscow
During the rewriting stories The Great Patriotic War, one of the main targets for liberals and revisionist researchers was George Konstantinovich Zhukov. He is called the "Stalin butcher", accused of lack of professionalism, tyranny, cruelty and indifference to the lives of soldiers.
The purpose of such work is obvious: by denigrating the Marshal of Victory, which has become one of the symbols of our Great Victory (Stalin himself noted: “Zhukov is our Suvorov”), you can pour dirt on our Soviet past with impunity. To preserve and strengthen the unfair order prevailing in the world. To smear with mud the true heroes and great statesmen and military figures, and out of evil spirits, for example, Bandera and Shukhevych, make “heroes”.
The Stalin Butcher
In Ukraine out material by A. Levchenko: “Marshal Zhukov: Stalin’s butcher or hero?” According to the author, the Soviet commander was more remembered for “his mats and executions of his military personnel on all fronts” than for military victories. Georgy Konstantinovich is responsible for the catastrophic defeats of 1941, when the Red Army was not ready for war. On his conscience are huge "cauldrons" of the initial period of the war, including Vitebsk, Mogilev, Minsk, Kiev, Vyazma and Bryansk, in which hundreds of thousands of Red Army soldiers died or were captured. It is concluded that the Stalin Marshal, as chief of the General Staff of the Red Army in the summer of 1941 and a member of the General Headquarters, "is one of the main culprits of the worst disaster in world military history."
In the style typical of modern Ukraine, when the Soviet period was being poured with mud and the Nazis and war criminals were praising in every way, it was emphasized that Zhukov sent hundreds of thousands of mobilized Ukrainians to death, they then survived the terrible German occupation, liberated their own land at the cost of huge losses. Allegedly, the Soviet marshal ordered "not to spare" new recruits from Ukraine sent to four Ukrainian fronts. They were considered "suspicious elements" living under the rule of the Nazis. Allegedly, such a high loss of Ukraine in the Second World War among the republics of the USSR (only in the RSFSR more died). Although the reasons for the high population losses of the Ukrainian SSR are quite objective: the front line passed there, the region was under fascist occupation, the Nazis pursued a policy of the physical destruction of the Slavic-Russians, and they "cleared" the lands under the German "superhuman." In Ukraine, one of the most bloody battles of the Great Patriotic War took place, Hitler at all costs tried to keep the region strategically and economically important for the Third Reich.
Thus, we see another attack in the direction of the USSR, the Great Patriotic War and its heroes. Like, the enemy "filled up with corpses." But the Victory Marshal was in fact a “Stalinist butcher” who destroyed hundreds of thousands of Soviet citizens and especially Ukrainians.
Crisis Manager of the Red Army
In order to understand all the stupidity and deceitfulness of such “works”, it is simply necessary to read and analyze historical sources and objective historical research. Thus, a military historian, a specialist in the history of the Great Patriotic War A. Isaev “Myths and Truth about Marshal Zhukov” has a very good work on this subject. Alexei Isaev notes that the Stalin military leader knew how to fight, since 1939 he was the “crisis manager” of the Red Army, “the man who was thrown into the most difficult and dangerous sector of the front.” Zhukov "was a kind of" commander of the RGK ", capable of fencing with armies and divisions better than his colleagues."
The headquarters directed Georgy Konstantinovich to a section of the front in crisis or requiring increased attention. This guaranteed the high command increased effectiveness of the Red Army on this site. At the same time, Zhukov was not an “invincible” commander. Often, from an impending catastrophe, he had to go to "non-defeat", establish a fragile balance of power out of chaos, and pull others out of the crisis. The Soviet commander usually got the most difficult sections of the front and dangerous opponents. It happened that he had to order the Stavka to transfer the work he had begun, and others reaped the fruits of his efforts, to move to new sectors of the front.
Zhukov was a native of a poor peasant family, he never had high patrons, but thanks to his talent and steel will he became the most outstanding and famous Soviet marshal. During the war, he became Deputy Supreme Commander-in-Chief, Minister of Defense, member of the highest military-political leadership of the USSR, four times Hero of the Soviet Union, holder of two Orders of Victory and many other Soviet and foreign orders and medals. Georgy Konstantinovich did not do anything mean, did not humiliate himself before the top leadership. Forever remained the people's Marshal of Victory.
Zhukov led the largest masses of Soviet troops and inflicted the largest defeats on the Wehrmacht. From the very beginning of the war, he showed the ability to deliver powerful counterattacks in defensive operations. He showed that it is necessary to attack even in the most difficult conditions in order to survive and defeat a terrible enemy tomorrow. He showed himself as a person who knows how to manage large masses of people. As a military leader, able to make tough decisions necessary to maintain the common good and preserve the power. His life is an example of the highest demands on himself and others.
True, the politician Zhukov turned out to be bad. After the death of Stalin, he got into political games, supported Khrushchev with his authority first against Beria, then helped Khrushchev defeat his other opponents. It was a big mistake. The state pygmy Khrushchev could not tolerate such a titan as Zhukov next to him. Also, the marshal could lead the opposition. Khrushchev with might and main “optimized” (destroyed) the Armed forces of the USSR. Therefore, in 1957, Zhukov fell into disgrace, was dismissed, was deprived of all public and military posts.
Why hate Zhukov
Why is most of the dirt poured on Zhukov, and not on other generals of Stalin? The point is the personality of Georgy Konstantinovich. He is a symbol of the red empire. The peasant son, an iron soldier who went all the way from the royal non-commissioned officer to the great marshal who defeated the Third Reich. A national hero, a commander who rightfully stands among other great military figures of Russian civilization, along with Alexander Nevsky, Dmitry Donskoy, Dmitry Pozharsky, Alexander Suvorov and Mikhail Kutuzov.
American General William Spar noted:
“In the year of the struggle of the Russian people with new disasters, Zhukov is raised as an icon embodying the spirit of the Russian people, able to nominate a leader-savior in extreme conditions. Zhukov is the embodiment of Russian honor and valor, Russian sovereignty and the Russian spirit. No one can erase or stain the image of this man on a white horse who has done so much to raise his country to shining heights. "
Thus, attempts to overthrow Georgy Zhukov from the Victory podium are an informational, ideological war against our history, Russian and Soviet civilization. The blackening of the Marshal of Victory is the blackening of our entire history, the history of the USSR, the history of the Great Patriotic War, and the Great Victory.
Representative of the Supreme High Command of the Red Army, Commander of the 1st Belorussian Front, Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov during the signing of the act of unconditional surrender of the German armed forces in the Karlshorst district of Berlin