Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Konstantivich Zhukov remains a national hero in today's Russia as the man who beat Hitler and saved both Russia and Europe from the Nazis. His reputation is that of a Russian patriot and an independent-minded general who remained a key figure in Stalin's high command throughout the Great Patriotic War. Zhukov played a significant role in virtually all the principal battles on the Eastern Front during the Second World War - including Moscow, Leningrad, Stalingrad, Kursk and Berlin. It was Zhukov who formally accepted Germany's unconditional surrender on 9 May 1945. In his post-war autobiography Zhukov chronicled his brilliant career as he saw it - and wanted it to be seen. His memoirs reveal the why and how of decision-making at the highest level of the Soviet command throughout the war, and his continued loyalty to the Soviet dictator despite being demoted after the war. Zhukov's writing is a fascinating and invaluable source for anyone interested in the war on the Eastern Front and presents intriguing insights into Zhukov the man as well as Zhukov the military commander. About the Author Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Konstantivich Zhukov (1896-1974) became the leading Red Army commander of the Second World War. He had fought in the First World War, the Russian Civil War and against the Japanese in Mongolia in the late 1930s. Throughout the Second World War he remained a key figure in Stalin's high command, making a major contribution to the defence of the Soviet Union after the German invasion. He later played a prominent role in the offensives that pushed the German forces back and led to their defeat. After the war he served as the Soviet defence minister and, in retirement, wrote these remarkable memoirs.
Professor Geoffrey Roberts is an internationally recognised expert on Stalin, Soviet foreign policy and the Second World War. His publications include Stalin's Wars: From World War to Cold War, 1939-1953, Molotov: Stalin's Cold Warrior and Stalin's General: The Life of Georgy Zhukov.