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The most successful Russian "legionnaire". Rodion Malinovsky

The most successful Russian "legionnaire". Rodion Malinovsky

R. Ya. Malinovsky during the Battle of Stalingrad

Article “The most famous Russian“ graduates ”of the French Foreign Legion. Zinovy ​​Peshkov » we talked about the fate of the godfather A. M. Gorky, whose bright and eventful life Louis Aragon called "one of the strangest biographies of this meaningless world." Now let’s talk to Rodion Yakovlevich Malinovsky, who, having returned home after serving in France, became a marshal, twice Hero of the Soviet Union and Minister of Defense of the USSR.

Rodion Malinovsky at the First World War

Rodion Malinovsky was an illegitimate child born in Odessa on November 22, 1898. Malinovsky himself always wrote in the questionnaire: "I don’t know my father." We believe our hero and will not waste time on all kinds of gossip about the circumstances of his birth.

Monument to R. Ya. Malinovsky in Odessa

In 1914, a 16-year-old teenager fled to the front and, attributing himself to the extra years, ensured that the carrier introduced the cartridges into the machine gun team of the 256th Elisavetgrad Infantry Regiment, and then became the gunner’s gunner and machine gun commander.

R. Malinovsky in his youth

It should be said that machine guns were considered at that time practically a superweapon, machine gun teams were on a special account, and the position of machine gun commander was quite prestigious. And no one was surprised by the lines of the famous poem by Joseph Bellock (which is often attributed to Kipling):
“There is a clear answer to every question:
We have a "maxim", they do not have it. "

In March 1915, he received the rank of corporal for repelling a cavalry attack (according to eyewitnesses, he destroyed about 50 enemy soldiers) and the St. George Cross IV degree, in October of the same year he was seriously wounded. After recovery, he came to France as part of the I brigade of the Russian Expeditionary Force.

Combat drill of the 1st Russian brigade, military camp near Maya. October 1916

Recall that during World War I four brigades of the Russian Expeditionary Force fought outside of Russia: the First and Third fought on the Western Front in France, the Second and Fourth - on the Thessaloniki Front.

Russian soldiers in France, 1916. Rodion Malinovsky - in the front row on the left

R. Malinovsky (in a helmet) among the soldiers of the Russian Expeditionary Force

In April 1917, during the Nivelles Offensive in the vicinity of Fort Brimon Malinovsky was seriously injured, after which he almost had his arm amputated and had to be treated for a long time.

Fort Brimont, archive photo

In the September uprising of his brigade at La Curtin camp (mentioned in the article “Russian volunteers of the French Foreign Legion”) he did not participate because he was in the hospital at that time. Faced with the dilemma of joining the Foreign Legion or expulsion to North Africa, he chose the legion. But which one?


From January to November 1918, Rodion Malinovsky fought in the so-called "Russian Legion of Honor", which was part of the famous Moroccan division: he began as commander of a machine gun, rose to the rank of sergeant, and was awarded the French Order of Croix de Ger.

The machine gun team of the Foreign Legion with the machine gun Hotchkiss

The question remains debatable: was the Russian Legion of honor a part of the French foreign legion? Or was it a separate combat formation of the Moroccan division (which included units of the Foreign Legion, Zouaves, Tyiraliers and Sahi)? Different authors answer this question in different ways. Some believe that the Russian legion belonged to the Zuava (!) Regiment of the Moroccan division. That is, formally Rodion Malinovsky for several months was a zuav! But where, then, are the Zouave jackets, bloomers and fez in the photo below?

Russian Legion of Honor in Marseille

The fact is that even in 1915, the form of the zouaves underwent significant changes: they were dressed in uniforms of mustard color or khaki.

But in the Marseille photo of the “Legion of Honor” (look at it again), we see the legionnaires in white caps - on the side of the passing Russian soldiers. Who are they? Maybe commanders?

In general, opinions are different, but it should be borne in mind that after Russia left the war, the Allies did not trust the Russians (to put it mildly), they did not consider them to be full partners and therefore it was not clear who the Legion of Honor could not be an independent unit. Moreover, the French did not call this unit either Russian (or Russian), or the "Legion of Honor." For them, it was the “Legion of Russian Volunteers” (Legion Russe des volontaires): you must admit, “Russian” is one thing, and “Russian volunteers” is another, a huge difference. But still, the Russian “volunteers” were the zouaves or legionnaires?

According to French law, foreign volunteers could not serve in the ordinary parts of the army of this country. After Russia emerged from the war, the soldiers and officers of the brigades of the Russian Expeditionary Force turned into citizens of a neutral foreign state who did not have the right to fight at the front as allies. Therefore, these brigades were disbanded, and their troops, who refused to officially enter the Foreign Legion, were sent to the rear work - despite the fact that they were very needed at the front. The legion of Russian volunteers could not be an exception - this is the military unit of one of the units of the French army. But which one?

The Zouaves at that time were the elite formations of the French army, to serve in their regiments was considered an honor that should still be deserved. And therefore, the “legion of Russian volunteers” could not be Zuavian. Logic pushes us to conclude that this detachment was nevertheless the “national combat unit” of the Foreign Legion - like the Circassian squadrons of the Levant, which were described in the article “Russian volunteers of the French Foreign Legion”.

Russian Legionnaires fought with the Moroccan division in Lorraine, Alsace, Saar, after the conclusion of the Compiegne armistice in November 1918, they became part of the allied occupation forces in the city of Worms (southwest Germany).


In 1919, to return to Russia, Malinovsky entered the service of the Russian sanitary detachment, which he left immediately upon arrival in Vladivostok. In Siberia, he was detained by the "Reds", who, having discovered French orders and papers in a foreign language, almost shot him as a spy. But, fortunately, a native of Odessa was in this detachment. After conducting the "exam", he assured everyone that the detainee was not lying, in front of them - a radical Odessa.

Having reached Omsk, Malinovsky entered the 27th Red Army Division, fought against Kolchak’s troops: at first he commanded a platoon, rose to the rank of battalion commander.

Red Armyman R. Malinovsky in the center, 1922, Transbaikalia

After the end of the Civil War, he studied at the junior command staff school, and then at the Frunze Military Academy. In 1926 he joined the CPSU (b). For some time he was the chief of staff of the cavalry corps commanded by Semyon Tymoshenko, the future marshal.

In the years 1937-1938. under the pseudonym Colonel (Colonel) Malino was in Spain, for the fighting against the Francoists he was awarded two orders - Lenin and the Battle Red Banner, which in those days the Soviet government did not scatter.

R. Malinovsky after returning from Spain

Returning from Spain, Malinovsky taught at the Military Academy for some time.

In June 1940 he was awarded the title of Major General. The outbreak of World War II was met by the commander of the 48th Rifle Corps, which is part of the Odessa Military District.

Rodion Malinovsky during the Great Patriotic War

Already in August 1941, Malinovsky was at the head of the 6th Army, and in December, with the rank of lieutenant general (assigned on November 9), he became commander of the Southern Front. His troops, in collaboration with the Southwestern Front (commanded by F. Kostenko) in the winter of 1942 (January 18-31) carried out the Barvenkovo-Lozovsky offensive operation.

According to the Headquarters, the troops of these fronts were supposed to liberate Kharkov, Donbass and go to the Dnieper near Zaporozhye and Dnepropetrovsk.

The task was extremely ambitious, but the forces to solve all the tasks were clearly insufficient.

A better position was at the Southwestern Front, whose troops had one and a half superiority over the enemy in manpower and tanks (which is clearly not enough for an offensive). But the artillery pieces were three times less. The armies of the Southern Front did not have such an insignificant advantage - by any of the indicators. It was not possible to surround and destroy the German armies, but they were thrown back from Kharkov by 100 km. In addition, quite significant trophies were captured. Among them were 658 guns, 40 tanks and armored vehicles, 843 machine guns, 331 mortars, 6013 vehicles, 573 motorcycles, 23 radio stations, 430 wagons with ammunition and military cargo, 8 echelons with various household property, 24 military depots. Among the trophies were 2800 horses: yes, contrary to popular belief that World War II was a "war of machines", the German army then used more horses than during World War I - as a draft force, of course.

Soviet tanks in the liberated city of Izyum, January 1942

A new attack on Kharkov, launched by the forces of the South-Western Front (the Southern Front was to provide the right flank of the advancing troops) on May 18, 1942, as is known, ended in disaster.

The year 1942 turned out to be very difficult for the USSR: there was still a defeat in the Crimea, on the Volkhov front the 2nd Shock Army died, there were no successes in the central direction. In the south, the 4th Panzer Army of Hermann Goth reached Voronezh, on the streets of which a peculiar rehearsal of the Battle of Stalingrad unfolded (and the Soviet troops left the left-bank part of the city). From there, the Germans turned south - to Rostov, which was taken at about 5 a.m. on July 25. And the 6th army of Paulus moved to Stalingrad. On July 28, Stalin signed the famous order No. 227 (“Not a Step Back”).

Rodion Malinovsky in the battle of Stalingrad

After the defeats of spring and summer of 1942, the demoted Malinovsky was at the head of the 66th Army, which in September-October acted against the forces of Paulus north of Stalingrad.

Meanwhile, Stalin, recalling that it was Malinovsky who warned of the threat of encirclement near Rostov (and even withdrew troops from this city without waiting for an official order), in October appointed him deputy commander of the Voronezh Front. Then, Malinovsky was at the head of the 2nd Guards Army, which did not allow the breakthrough of the blockade of the Paulus army surrounded in Stalingrad and played a huge role in the final defeat of this group of German troops.

On December 12, 1942, the army group of Colonel General Goth hit Stalingrad from Kotelnikov. By the 19th, the Germans almost broke through the positions of the Soviet troops - and ran into the 2nd Malinovsky army. Counter-battles continued until December 25 and ended with the departure of the German troops, which suffered heavy losses, to their starting positions. It was then that the Verkhne-Kumsky farm had the events described in the novel “Hot Snow” by Yu. Bondarev.

Shot from the film “Hot Snow” (Mosfilm Film Studio, 1972)

Malinovsky for the leadership of this operation (called Kotelnikovskaya) was awarded the Order of Suvorov I degree.

Way to the West

On February 12, 1943, Rodion Malinovsky, already a colonel general, was again appointed commander of the Southern Front, who launched a series of attacks on the troops of the German Army Group South (his adversary was Field Marshal Manstein) and liberated Rostov-on-Don. In March of that year, Malinovsky was transferred to the South-Western Front (the future 3rd Ukrainian), and in April he received the rank of army general. Subsequently, his troops liberated the Donbass and southern Ukraine.

On October 10-14, 1943, he led the famous night assault on Zaporozhye (in which three armies and two corps took part): the 31 formations of the Soviet Army have since become known as Zaporozhye.

N.V. Ovechkin, Diorama Night assault of Zaporozhye, fragment, 1984

Further, the troops of Malinovsky liberated Odessa and Nikolaev (the beginning of the "Third Stalinist strike", which ended with the liberation of the Crimea). In May 1944, Malinovsky was appointed commander of the 2nd Ukrainian Front, in this position he remained until the end of hostilities in Europe.

Military Council of the 2nd Ukrainian Front. From left to right: Colonel General I. S. Susaykov, Marshal of the Soviet Union R. Ya. Malinovsky, Lieutenant General M. M. Stakhursky. 1944

Seventh Stalin strike

On August 20, 1944, the 2nd Ukrainian Front, commanded by Malinovsky, and the 3rd Ukrainian (commander F. Tolbukhin) launched the Iasi-Chisinau Operation - sometimes called the Seventh Stalinist Blow, as well as the Iasi-Chisinau Cannes.

By August 23, King Mihai I and the most sober-minded politicians in Bucharest had realized the scale of the disaster. The conductor (and the prime minister) Jon Antonescu and the loyal generals were arrested, the new Romanian government announced its withdrawal from the war and demanded that Germany withdraw its troops from the country. The answer came immediately: August 24 German aviation Bucharest attacked, the German army began the occupation of the country.

Having declared war on Germany, the new authorities turned for help to the Soviet Union, which was forced to send to Romania 50 divisions out of 84 participating in the Iasi-Chisinau operation. However, the remaining combat formations were enough to finish off German troops by August 27, who were in the "cauldron" east of the Prut River. Enemy divisions that were west of this river surrendered on the 29th.

Raising the Red Banner over the City Hall in Chisinau, 1944

It should be said that, in spite of the declared "truce" with the USSR, some Romanian divisions continued to fight the Red Army until August 29 and added up weapon simultaneously with the Germans - when they were completely surrounded and the situation became completely hopeless. Subsequently, the 1st and 4th Romanian armies acted as part of the 2nd Ukrainian Malinovsky front, the 3rd Romanian army fought against the Red Army on the side of Germany.

Joint retreat of German and Romanian soldiers to Hungary, August 1944

In total, 208 German and Romanian soldiers and officers were captured. On August 600, Soviet soldiers entered Bucharest.

Soviet troops in Bucharest, 1944

Another important consequence of the Iasi-Chisinau operation was the evacuation of German troops from Bulgaria, it was now practically impossible to supply and support them.

September 10, 1944 Rodion Malinovsky received the title of Marshal of the Soviet Union.

Heavy fighting in Hungary

Now Soviet troops threatened the most faithful ally of Nazi Germany - Hungary, whose troops continued to fight, despite the obvious outcome of this war for everyone, and machine-building plants and oil enterprises of Nagykanizsa worked for the glory of the Reich.

Currently, there is evidence that Hitler in private conversations expressed the view that Hungary is more important to Germany than Berlin, and that this country should be defended to the last possible opportunity. Of particular importance was Budapest, which housed nearly 80% of Hungary's engineering plants.

On August 29, 1944, Hungarian Prime Minister General Lakotos openly declared the need for negotiations with the United States, Great Britain and the USSR, but the country's regent, Admiral Horthy, was guided only by the Western allies, to whom he proposed surrender on the condition that Soviet troops were not allowed to enter Hungary. Having not achieved success, he was forced to start negotiations with Stalin, and on September 15 announced a truce with the USSR.

As a result, under the leadership of “Hitler’s favorite saboteur” Otto Skorzeny, a coup d'etat was organized on October 15 in Budapest (Operation Panzerfaust). His son, Horti Miklos, Jr., was also abducted, and recently the omnipotent dictator of Hungary “exchanged his signature for the life of his son”. The leader of the nationalist “Crossed Arrows” party F. Salashi came to power in the country, who issued an order to mobilize all men aged 12 to 70 years (!) In the army and remained faithful to Germany until March 28, 1945, when he fled to Austria.

In 1944, aristocrat Paul Nagy-Bocha Sharkozy also fled from Hungary, who later entered into a five-year contract with the Legion and served in Algeria - you probably guessed it was the father of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

At the end of December 1944, the Provisional National Government, which had no power, was created in Debrecen, which on January 20, 1945 concluded an armistice agreement with the USSR, and then even “declared war” on Germany. However, in fact, fighting on Hungarian territory continued from the end of September 1944 to April 4, 1945, about six months. Hungary defended 37 of the best German divisions (about 400 thousand people), including 13 tank (up to 50-60 tanks per kilometer). The Germans could not create such an accumulation of armored vehicles in one place during the entire war.

German tank Pz.Kpfw. VI on the street of Budapest, in the background - the Hungarian self-propelled anti-aircraft mount Nimrod. Photo taken in October 1944

And in the advancing Soviet troops there was only one tank army - the 6th Guards. In addition, two Romanian armies (which were part of the Malinovsky front) and one Bulgarian (at Tolbukhin) did not rush into battle.

The battle for Budapest, which began on December 29, 1944 after the Soviet parliamentarians were killed there, was especially fierce. Only on January 18, 1945 was Pest taken, on February 13 - Buda.

The position of the German troops in Budapest, 1945

Soviet gunners firing from the 152-mm howitzer ML-20, Budapest, Kalwaria Square, January 1945

Street fight in Budapest

And after the fall of Budapest, in March, Soviet troops had to repulse the German offensive at Lake Balaton (the last defensive operation of the Soviet troops during the Great Patriotic War).

German Tiger II destroyed by Lake Balaton

In the battle for Budapest alone, the troops of the 2nd and 3rd Ukrainian fronts lost 80 thousand soldiers and officers and 2 thousand tanks and self-propelled guns. In total, more than 200 thousand Soviet soldiers died in Hungary.

The last ruler of Nazi Hungary, F. Salashi, among other "feats", managed to give the order to destroy hundreds of thousands of surviving Hungarian Jews and Gypsies. He was hanged in Budapest on March 12, 1946. But the “victim of the Germans” M. Horthy, despite the protests of Yugoslavia, escaped the court and after the war ended he lived freely in Portugal for another 13 years. In 1993, his remains were reburied in a family crypt in the cemetery of the village of Kenderes (east of Budapest). Hungarian Prime Minister J. Antall then called him "a loyal patriot who never imposed his will on the government, did not resort to dictatorial methods."

Liberation of Czechoslovakia and Austria

Already on March 25, the 2nd Ukrainian Malinovsky Front began the Bratislava-Brnovsk operation, which lasted until May 5, during which his troops advanced 200 km, freeing Slovakia. On April 22, a few days before the end of the war, the commander of the 27th Infantry Corps subordinate to Malinovsky was mortally wounded. Major General E. Alyokhin.

After that, the 2nd Ukrainian Front moved to Prague (the troops of the 1st and 4th Ukrainian Fronts also participated in the operation). In these last battles, Soviet troops lost 11 dead, and Czech rebels - 2654.

Soviet tank T-34-85 with Prague insurgents on armor on Wenceslas Square, May 1945

Rodion Malinowski on the stamp of socialist Czechoslovakia

Other units of the 2nd Ukrainian Front from March 16 to April 15, 1945 took part in the Vienna offensive. Breakthrough of the Danube military boats flotilla (part of the 2nd Ukrainian Front) to the Imperial Bridge in the center of Vienna and the landing of troops landing on this bridge (April 11, 1945) impressed even the stiff English. Later, King George VI awarded Rear Fleet Commander Rear Admiral G.N. Kholostyakov the Trafalgar Cross (the first foreigner to receive this award).

Rear Admiral G. Kholostyakov at the Tsemess Bay, photo of 1943

The armored boat of the Danube military flotilla BK-162 "Yeisk patriot" landing, May 1945

This armored boat after decommissioning was discovered in a parking lot in Ryazan, repaired and installed on the Yeisk Spit on May 8, 1975:

The inscription on the plaque reads:
"Guards armored boat" Yeisk patriot ". Built with funds raised by residents of the city and district. The battle path began on 20.XII.1944 in the Red Banner Danube Flotilla. Under the command of the guard Lieutenant Balev B.F. participated in the liberation of years. Budapest, Komarno and ended the fighting in the city of Vienna. "

At the head of the Transbaikal Front

But World War II was still ongoing. In August 1945, the Transbaikal Front under the command of Malinowski passed through the Gobi desert and the Bolshoi Khingan mountain pass, after 5 days advancing 250-400 km into the enemy’s territory and making the position of the Kwantung Army completely hopeless.

Operation against Japan, map

The Transbaikal Front, which included the Soviet-Mongolian horse-mechanized group, began its offensive from the territory of Mongolia in the direction of Mukden and Changchun. The 36th Army advancing on the left flank met the greatest resistance on its way, which from August 9 to 18 attacked the Japanese fortified area near the city of Hailar.

The troops of the 39th army, breaking the Bolshoi Khingan pass, stormed the Halun-Arshansky fortified area (about 40 kilometers along the front and was up to 6 kilometers in depth).

Fighters of the Transbaikal Front pull stuck Studebakers from the mud, August 1945

Tanks of the Transbaikal Front at the Bolshoi Khingan Pass, August 1945

On August 13, formations of this army broke into Central Manchuria.

On August 14, the Emperor of Japan decided to surrender, but the order to end the resistance of the Kwantung Army was not given, and she continued to fight with Soviet troops until August 19. And in Central Manchuria, some parts of the Japanese resisted until the end of August 1945.

Marshals K. A. Meretskov (4th from the right), R. Ya. Malinovsky (3rd from the right), A. M. Vasilevsky (2nd from the right) and the generals accompanying them at the Russian cemetery in Port Arthur

In March 1956, Malinovsky became the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the USSR, from October 25, 1957 until the end of his life, he served as Minister of Defense.

R. Ya. Malinovsky and S. M. Budyonny at the XXI Congress of the CPSU. January 1959

Rodion and Raisa Malinowski

The list of awards of R. Ya. Malinovsky is more than impressive.

In 1958, he was twice a Hero of the Soviet Union, holder of 12 Soviet orders (in addition to the Order of Victory No. 8, awarded on April 26, 1945, he has five Orders of Lenin, three Orders of the Red Banner, two Orders of Suvorov of the 9st degree, the Order of Kutuzov of the XNUMXst degree) and XNUMX medals.

In addition, he had the title of People's Hero of Yugoslavia and was awarded orders (21) and medals (9) of twelve foreign states: France, the USA, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Romania, China, Mongolia, North Korea, Indonesia, Morocco and Mexico. Among them - the title of the great officer of the Order of the Legion of Honor of France and the Order of the Legion of Honor of the degree of Commander-in-Chief of the United States.

R. Ya. Malinovsky

Awards of Marshal R. Y. Malinovsky, his gymnast and weapons in the Central Museum of the Russian Army

After the death of R. Ya. Malinovsky (March 31, 1967), his ashes were buried near the Kremlin wall.
In the following articles, we continue the story of the French Foreign Legion: talk about it stories from World War I to the present day.
Articles from this series:
Ryzhov V. A. “Dogs of War” of the French Foreign Legion
Ryzhov V. A. Russian volunteers of the French Foreign Legion
Ryzhov V. A. The most famous Russian “graduates” of the French Foreign Legion. Zinovy ​​Peshkov
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  1. Catfish
    Catfish 4 May 2020 05: 44 New
    Good morning friends! smile
    Thank you Valery, I began my service in the SA from November 1966, and I could not imagine that we had a man of such an interesting fate as Minister of Defense.
    1. Catfish
      Catfish 4 May 2020 05: 48 New
      Yes, it would not hurt to mirror the fourth photo from the bottom with our marshals in the cemetery in Port Arthur, because at first glance it covers bewilderment, with which they give honor with their left hand. In the editorial?
      1. Uncle lee
        Uncle lee 4 May 2020 06: 09 New
        Yes, the photo was turned over ... But the battle path of Malinovsky R.Ya. more than impressionable!
        1. 210ox
          210ox 4 May 2020 11: 56 New
          In the historical series about World War I, the future Marshal is often mentioned. hi
          1. cost
            cost 4 May 2020 14: 27 New
            The best thing about this period in his life was told by the marshal
            1. Astra wild
              Astra wild 4 May 2020 21: 04 New
              Colleague Dmitry (Rich) is news to me that Malinovsky wrote about WWI
              1. cost
                cost 4 May 2020 21: 20 New
                Greetings, Vera
                Of all his books, I was most impressed by "The Final"
      2. Kote Pan Kokhanka
        Kote Pan Kokhanka 4 May 2020 06: 32 New
        Also, the eyes hurt, as well as the listing of marshals from right to left !!!
        Thank you Valery !!! I join the words of Konstantin. Marshal Malinovsky did not know about the legionnaire share !!!
        Sincerely, Kitty!
      3. VLR
        4 May 2020 08: 29 New
        The photo was "flipped" so that the marshals were in the foreground. smile Perhaps not the best solution.
        1. Catfish
          Catfish 4 May 2020 08: 34 New
          Absolutely unsuccessful, just ridiculous, no matter how you turn them over, they will still be in the foreground, the perspective does not change.

          Here, unfolded in Photoshop. Everything is fine and everything is in the foreground.
    2. Olgovich
      Olgovich 4 May 2020 07: 29 New
      Quote: Sea Cat
      I began my service in the SA from November 1966, and I could not imagine that the Minister of Defense was a man of such an interesting fate.

      because if he liberated Chisinau, then we knew about him well, as well as about Tolbukhin.

      In Chisinau there were streets named after them, and these were New streets of the city, already built during the USSR.

      Nationalists, in Russophobian frenzy, renamed them in honor of the Romanian Unionists, as, however, all Russians street names (except for Pushkin's only street).
      But we remember!

      From January to November 1918, Rodion Malinovsky fought in the so-called "The Russian Legion of Honor»
      Not "so-called", but also the former as such:
      Of the volunteers was formed The Russian Legion, in whose ranks there were 1625 soldiers and officers. The German command did not recognize the rights of military personnel, in case of captivity, the legionnaires were to be shot, but Russian soldiers and officers insisted on maintaining their uniform and national flag. They were drawn into the battle not only by a sense of solidarity with their comrades in arms, but also by a sense of responsibility for the fate of Russia. The legionnaire volunteers did not recognize the legitimacy of the Bolshevik government and by their participation in the battles proved that Russia remained faithful to its allied duty and continued the war with Germany.

      “It is important that at the time of a common victory, our Russian flag was among the allied standards,” said Colonel Balbashevsky, commander of the 4th battalion of the Russian Legion. They went into battle for the honor of Russia.

      In 1918, during the summer offensive of the German army - the last desperate attempt of the Germans to win the war - it was the Russian Legion that became the part about which the Teutonic onslaught finally broke.

      “At the most critical moment of the battle, a small part appears on the horizon ... It boldly rushes forward between the zouaves and the arrows, with bayonets aimed at the enemy ... There is no danger to them. Who are these brave men?

      This is Russian! Glory to them ”

      Such lines are dedicated to the Russian Legion in the official history of the French army. Evidence of the courage of our soldiers is the order of the commander in chief of the French armies of September 30, 1918. According to him, the legionnaires received the right to wear a special distinction, called in France “Fouragere”, and the Russian Legion received the name Legion of Honor.

      It was these Russian soldiers and officers who entered Germany in 1918 as winners. General Danilov noted: “By their presence on the coast of the Rhine, Russian legionaries sealed their loyalty to the obligations that Russia assumed by entering into an agreement with the Powers of Concord on the joint conduct of the war with the powers of the Triple Alliance.”

      The Legion of Honor represented the Russian army at the victory parade in Paris, carrying the Russian flag under the Arc de Triomphe.

      Honor and glory to the Russian soldier!
      1. Reptiloid
        Reptiloid 4 May 2020 08: 10 New
        Many thanks to the author! It was unknown to me.
        A large number of wonderful interesting photos!
      2. cost
        cost 4 May 2020 14: 35 New
        In 1961, the famous American magazine "LIFE" dedicated R.Ya. Malinovsky has a separate room.

        1. cost
          cost 4 May 2020 14: 37 New
          In 1961, the famous American magazine "LIFE" dedicated R.Ya. Malinovsky has a separate room. continuation

    BLADFROST 4 May 2020 06: 08 New
    Thanks to the author for a wonderful story about our heroes of World War II!
    1. cost
      cost 4 May 2020 14: 42 New
      Anniversary coin of the State Bank of the Russian Federation "Marshals of Victory"
  3. apro
    apro 4 May 2020 06: 28 New
    Question to the author. What does a Malinovsky graduate mean? He voluntarily enlisted in the French all? Or under the pressure of circumstances? What military experience or military education did he receive in the French army?
    One gets the impression that the legion is some kind of springboard in a military career. Or a very elite subdivision that constitute military geniuses. But history refutes this. The defeat of France is the next field of war ....
    1. VLR
      4 May 2020 10: 34 New
      I called Z. Peshkov a "graduate" of the legion. Indeed, he first went to the front as part of one of the units of the Foreign Legion, returned to it several times to command positions, and attached great importance to his service in it. The French in World War I were still "at their best" and fought well, so there was a lot to learn from them. Malinovsky is just a "legionnaire".
      According to the original plan, there were to be several paragraphs about Peshkov and Malinovsky in the article "Russian Volunteers of the Foreign Legion". But I expanded the story about them into separate articles, I hope that they did not seem boring and unnecessary to anyone, and were not written in vain.
      1. apro
        apro 4 May 2020 11: 13 New
        Quote: VlR
        The French in World War I were still "at their best" and fought well, so there was a lot to learn from them.

        Germany was not defeated by military means. The Germans stood on enemy territory until a truce ...
        1. VLR
          4 May 2020 11: 49 New
          The fact of the matter is that France then fought with Germany, and not with Turkey, or Italy, or Romania, etc. And she fought on equal terms. Having lost 22% of all their soldiers and 30% of men aged 18-25, this is why many young French women after that war could not get married. Heroes died and offspring were left by cowards and opportunists, whose sons surrendered in 1940 to the sons of the defeated Germans.
          1. apro
            apro 4 May 2020 12: 02 New
            Quote: VlR
            Having lost 22% of all their soldiers and 30% of men aged 18-25

            The Germans lost less but not much. But they didn’t have a demographic hole. On vacation to their frau, the German grenadier went according to plan. And returned to the unit on time.
            Quote: VlR
            Heroes died and offspring were left by cowards and opportunists,

            Too much pathos. There are objective reasons for victories and defeats. The main reason is the effectiveness of society and the state. The Germans turned out to be more effective. They were able to learn from the defeats. The French did not draw critical conclusions from their unexpected victory. And besides, the versailles created all the conditions for the next war. .
            1. Astra wild
              Astra wild 4 May 2020 21: 28 New
              “The French did not draw critical conclusions from their unexpected victory” after the victory, somehow I don’t want to remember the bad, this is all inherent, and the French are antics, assholes. They convinced others and convinced themselves that everything was right: retreat, panic are idle fictions, but in reality they "leveled positions for a new successful strike" (though with these words Goebbels justified his retreat in 1943)
              Naturally, they completely lack criticality
      2. Astra wild
        Astra wild 4 May 2020 21: 12 New
        Valery, you did everything right
    2. ccsr
      ccsr 4 May 2020 19: 39 New
      Quote: apro
      One gets the impression that the Legion is some kind of springboard in a military career.

      There are several former legionnaires who propagate the myth of the exclusivity of the Foreign Legion, although in essence it is a very small structure of the French army and they fall there to serve not by high moral principles.
      Quote: apro
      or a very elite subdivision constituting military geniuses.

      Of course this is not so. It's just that some young people have a desire to serve there, and when they figure it out, they quickly transfer to other structures of the French Armed Forces. You won’t lure senior officers there - it’s a fact.
      Quote: apro
      but history refutes it. The turn of France’s defeat is the field of PMV ....

      Indeed, among the nuclear powers of NATO, the French armed forces were in last place in terms of the level of threat to our troops in Europe.
  4. Van 16
    Van 16 4 May 2020 06: 53 New
    Thanks to the author! Very interesting, read in one breath!
    1. cost
      cost 4 May 2020 14: 51 New
      Great illustrated article. Very interesting. good
      Thanks to the author
  5. Pvi1206
    Pvi1206 4 May 2020 09: 44 New
    fate plays a man ...
  6. Fat
    Fat 4 May 2020 11: 54 New
    A wonderful article turned out, and the whole cycle is extremely interesting. Thanks, Valery. I look forward to continuing.
  7. Ryazan87
    Ryazan87 4 May 2020 12: 13 New
    “In 1919, in order to return to Russia, Malinovsky entered the service in the Russian sanitary detachment, which he left immediately upon arrival in Vladivostok. they almost shot him as a spy. But, fortunately, in this detachment was a native of Odessa. After conducting the "exam", he assured everyone that the detainee was not lying, in front of them - a native Odessa. Having reached Omsk, Malinovsky joined the 27th Red Army division, fought against Kolchak's troops: at first he commanded a platoon, rose to the rank of battalion commander. "

    I read a different slightly different version (from the words of the daughter of Malinovsky):
    "At home, he was arrested by the Reds for a foreign soldier's book and four French military crosses. Miraculously he managed to avoid being shot: a military doctor who knew French confirmed that the French document was a Russian soldier's book. And then everything went on as usual: Civil war, six months in typhus, service in the Red Army "To be honest, I believe in a doctor who knows French more than in a virtuoso of Odessa jargon.
    As for the active participation of the future marshal in the civil war - it is doubtful that he arrived only in Vladivostok in October 1919, got to the Red Army no earlier than the winter of 1920 and almost immediately fell ill with typhus.
    Actually, none other than Comrade Zhukov, later venomously declared:
    "... Malinovsky, despite returning to his homeland, stayed in France in Moroccan units, allegedly entered there voluntarily to serve until the 20th year. And then, when Kolchak was already defeated, for some reason he went through the Far East, across the front line Kolchak volunteered for the Red Army ... What kind of person is this? " (from)
    1. Aviator_
      Aviator_ 4 May 2020 14: 57 New
      . Malinovsky, despite returning to his homeland, stayed in France in Moroccan units, allegedly entered there voluntarily to serve until the 20th year. And then, when Kolchak had already been defeated, for some reason he volunteered for the Red Army through the Far East, across the front line of Kolchak ... What kind of man is he? "

      And where is Zhukov so characterized Malinovsky? Probably, after his disgrace, not earlier, since it was Malinovsky who became the next Minister of Defense in Zhukov in 1957. But I would like a link to the source.
      1. Phil77
        Phil77 4 May 2020 15: 51 New
        And this is from the book of V. Karpov * Marshal Zhukov *, in turn, Karpov took these words from the transcript of the October plenum of the Central Committee of the CPSU of 1957. Here's something like that. Believe, not believe?
        1. Aviator_
          Aviator_ 4 May 2020 15: 55 New
          Perhaps it is worth believing. It may very well be that the offended Georgy Konstantinovich could well have betrayed this. Although Karpov is still that storyteller, considering his book about Petrov, "The General".
          1. Phil77
            Phil77 4 May 2020 16: 02 New
            In general, Malinovsky and Zhukov had a ... complicated relationship. So that is ambiguous.
            1. Astra wild
              Astra wild 5 May 2020 14: 13 New
              Quote: Phil77
              In general, Malinovsky and Zhukov had a ... complicated relationship. So that is ambiguous.

              Actually, Zhukov and Konev had far from friendly relations. In the fall of 1941, G.K. Zhukov actually saved Konev from execution, and Konev was weak for memory. I heard about this on TV, but I didn’t particularly go into it. I just remembered that Konev was not grateful
              1. Phil77
                Phil77 5 May 2020 16: 14 New
                Zhukov had a relationship with many .... complicated.
        2. Catfish
          Catfish 4 May 2020 18: 38 New
          Hello, Sergey! hi
          . Here's something like that. Believe-not believe?

          Memoirs are generally hard to believe, no matter who wrote them, let alone Comrade. Zhyukov, and even more so, in his memoirs he has spoiled everyone. I don’t remember all of them now, I’ve read them for a long time, but it’s as if he walked over Admiral N.G. Kuznetsov, so not only Rodion Yakovlevich got it. And in general, his mumuars are one continuous "I", you might think that besides him there were no other generals in the army.
          1. Phil77
            Phil77 4 May 2020 18: 49 New
            Hi Konstantin! Yes, Zhukov’s self-confidence and vanity was in excess! Yes, by the way Anton asked a question about a medal from Raisa Malinovskaya, I looked for it, but I found mention only of the Order of the Red Star. And he handed it to 43m Malinovsky himself. Then she was Private Raisa Kravchenko. This is his second wife.
      2. Ryazan87
        Ryazan87 4 May 2020 16: 05 New
        I will clarify that this quote is from a note by V.E. Sevenfold in the Central Committee of the CPSU on the mood of G.K. Zhukov (No. 1447-May 27, 1963). It may, of course, be fiction, but there the whole note as a whole contains nothing special and incredible. And Zhukov’s ambition was not to occupy.
        1. Phil77
          Phil77 4 May 2020 16: 18 New
          And I will add that the Sevenfold figure of Khrushchev. So * the glomerulus * was still there. hi
      3. VLR
        4 May 2020 16: 32 New
        By the way, yes, there were serious personal motives: Zhukov believed that Malinovsky had acted ugly, taking him (Zhukov) "rightful place" of the Minister of Defense, and after his resignation spoke about him not too "diplomatically".
    2. ccsr
      ccsr 4 May 2020 19: 45 New
      Quote: Ryazanets87
      Actually, none other than Comrade Zhukov, later venomously declared:
      "... Malinovsky, despite returning to his homeland, stayed in France

      Do not trust in all Zhukov’s estimates, because he himself drank disgrace, and so he tried to discredit some generals, especially when the question concerned the start of the war and his personal responsibility for the 1941 disaster.
      Quote: Ryazanets87
      And then, when they had already defeated Kolchak, for some reason he was through the Far East,

      It was an ordinary sea route for that time, especially since Vladivostok was occupied until 1922. It is strange that Zhukov did not know about this, since he was reproaching Malinovsky.
  8. Trilobite Master
    Trilobite Master 4 May 2020 15: 53 New
    The reference path of an honest soldier and a true patriot.
    It is unfortunate that among those in 1917-18. outside of Russia there were few such people as Malinovsky. For their mistakes and ambitions, they paid for the loss of their homeland, and for some, this loss turned out to be even heavy and difficult to experience, although not for everyone.
    But Malinovsky could stay in Paris, start trading in croissants and be buried at Saint-Genevieve de Bois as an unknown emigrant, and not at the Kremlin wall, being a famous military leader.
    Apparently, for this person the concept of "homeland" then, in the 20th year, was not an empty phrase.
    1. Phil77
      Phil77 4 May 2020 16: 08 New
      Quote: Trilobite Master
      But Malinowski could have stayed in Paris, started trading in croissants, and would have been buried at Saint-Genevieve de Bois as an unknown emigrant,

      Hello Michael, it was you who outlined a worthy version of fate, and you could have come * with * new friends * to your historical Homeland in 1941. But the good thing is that he remained a SOLDIER!
      1. Trilobite Master
        Trilobite Master 4 May 2020 16: 57 New
        Quote: Phil77
        could still in 1941 to his historic homeland * come * with new friends

        These settled in Germany from the very beginning. Those in France turned out to be largely neutral to Hitler. Who was against - dumped in Britain. smile
        1. Phil77
          Phil77 4 May 2020 17: 16 New
          Quote: Trilobite Master
          in mass

          After the 40th year? Yes, never a problem, I came and offered my services.
          1. VLR
            4 May 2020 21: 29 New
            Shkuro - lieutenant general of the White Army, SS gruppenfuhrer
            1. Phil77
              Phil77 4 May 2020 21: 34 New
              But I didn’t know where he lived in the émigré community, honestly! But I’m glad that he also got a hemp * collar *. He was a rare bastard, but Annenkov certainly outdid everyone, this one was a XNUMX% sadist and killer.
              1. Astra wild
                Astra wild 5 May 2020 14: 26 New
                My lion, I know the Decembrist Anenkov, his wife was a Frenchwoman, Gebel. I know about the white general Pokrovsky, the Wind talked about him, and I don’t remember the sadistic general Anenkov
                1. Phil77
                  Phil77 5 May 2020 16: 16 New
                  The lieutenant general in the Kolchak forces was famous for his atrocities. He did not spare either prisoners or civilians. The Beast. It seems to be from the Annenkov family.
        2. Ryazan87
          Ryazan87 4 May 2020 17: 35 New
          In quantitative terms, the most active pro-German emigration was, of course, in Yugoslavia. Although in the conditions of the Balkan massacre everyone is against everyone, it was in many ways more a matter of physical survival. The French part of the diaspora in very different ways: the young fell under the call, the elders did not really see the meaning of participation in the European war with the Germans: for what, in fact. Although here in the "Legion" (the future 638th Infantry Regiment of the Wehrmacht) were recorded quite actively. But Russians by origin were badly taken into the European legions (perhaps in the Blue Division, but there were also Russians on the fingers of one hand), so more often by private order ..
  9. 3x3zsave
    3x3zsave 4 May 2020 18: 29 New
    Thank you Valery! The question arose: what is the medal of Raisa Malinovskaya?
  10. Astra wild
    Astra wild 4 May 2020 21: 45 New
    Obviously not an ordinary person and lucky. "They almost shot him as a spy." Saved by the vision. From a private he is promoted to the commander: in France, in the Red Army, it is he, and not some average Ivanov - not ordinary and luck.
    I do not know the detailed biography of R. I, but in the 30s repressions went around him. And many commanders glorified in the Civil War died - luck.
    Colleagues, they tell the truth or lie, now it is possible, that Rokossovsky was repressed, and Zhukov was also accused of being an enemy of the revolution?
    1. VLR
      4 May 2020 22: 03 New
      Rokossovsky was arrested in 1937, rehabilitated in in 1940. But, according to
      Chief Air Marshal Alexander Golovanov, when in 1962 Khrushchev asked Rokossovsky to write an article about Stalin in the spirit of his report at the XX Congress, he said: “Nikita Sergeyevich, comrade Stalin is holy to me!”
      1. Astra wild
        Astra wild 5 May 2020 14: 34 New
        Valery, thank you for the information. For me, the figure of Stalin is not clear: I was brought up to respect V.I. Lenin, and Stalin is somewhat doubtful
        1. Phil77
          Phil77 5 May 2020 16: 26 New
          * There was a cult, but there was a personality ... *
          M. Sholokhov.
  11. nnz226
    nnz226 4 May 2020 22: 47 New
    Good article, only the photos of our generals in Port Arthur had to be mirrored! And then the generals give the honor with their left hand! Necomilfo!
  12. realist
    realist 5 May 2020 08: 06 New
    there is a reason to respect a person from a people who has come from an ordinary to a marshal, and even so it’s not easy. It’s not a simple way of life.