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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2018 8:50 p.m. PST

"Beginning in 1936, Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin set about deliberately murdering 700,000 people in the Great Purge, an act of mass killing that "constituted a form of rule" unto itself, as Stalin biographer Stephen Kotkin explained.

The armed forces were not spared. The purges swept through the officer corps, including 154 division commanders ó of 186 in total ó and resulted in the NKVD executions of several of the country's most innovative and senior military thinkers, including Mikhail Tukhachevsky who was forced into signing a confession under torture before his murder. Thousands of officers were executed.

Georgy Zhukov, then a cavalry commander, escaped the purges and went on to become one of the most senior Soviet military leaders, a war hero and one of the most well-known and respected generals in modern history ó implementing the theory of "deep operations" on the Eastern Front which Tukhachevsky had pioneered on the drawing board…."
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Old Wolfman19 Jun 2018 6:38 a.m. PST

Rokkosovsky somehow got off w/some gulag time and was brought back in(with steel dentures,as his original set of choppers were knocked out by Yezhov's or Beria's NKVD crew)when Stalin needed him and his skills.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Jun 2018 10:52 a.m. PST

You are right my friend.


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