>>534154 Great? I'd argue that he was, if only for his more pragmatic approach of handling things. Tactically, he may have been lacking, but he was excellent at handling the strategic side of things, which is what really matters in a war.
IMO yes. People go "lol zerg rush", but especially in 1941, the Red Army was in shambles. Poor training, poor doctrine, with peoples revolutionary spirit meant to compensate for a whole host of material deficiencies, and organziational bottlenecks.
Just look at various sections of the front before and after Zhukov showed up. He almost always stabilized things where they looked on the brink of collapse.
Furthermore, he had considerable organizational skills, something otherwise lacking in a lot of the Soviet military effort. He actually managed to make sure that his supplies got to his men, which wasn't a claim a lot of his contemporaries could make.
>Was he really the best in WWII?
Probably not. But at least in my opinion, judging only guys who commanded significant sections of fronts, (so like, no divisional or even single corps commanders) he'd be in the top 5.
I'd probably put Manstein as the best, or very maybe Kesselring.
>>534857 >By the afternoon of 16 April, Stalin was displaying audible impatience with Zhukov's progress. ''So you underestimated the enemy on the Berlin axis,'' he said irritably, when the Marshall reported by telephone. ''Things are going better for Konev.'' The 1st Ukrainian Front had pushed ahead from its bridgeheads and was now swinging north towards the German capital. Zhukov reacted to Stalin's jibes with characteristic ruthlessness. He ordered formation commanders personally to lead the attacks on the Seelow defenses, and warned that further failures would be rewarded with instant dismissal. He took the drastic step of committing armored divisions even before his infantry had achieved a breakthrough. There was no tactical subtlety here, no signs of a great captain maneuvering forces with imagination. This was merely a clumsy battering ram, thrusting repeatedly and at fearsome cost against the German defenses, as Zhukov vented his own frustrations in the lives of his men.
>>534844 Being unconcerned about casualties (short of gross incompetence, at least) is not a war crime.
Zhukov's justification for the bloody assaults he often launched was that the casualties were going to happen one way or another. Sure, running your men through a minefield may be horrific, but you're going to lose just as many men - if not more - funneling them into the chokepoints the minefields create or alerting the enemy by spending the time clearing the field.
In effect, he was the ultimate pragmatist and big-picture thinker. I sure as shit would never want to serve under him, but how he waged war was not incompetence, let alone a crime.
>>534888 Bellamy, Chris (2007), Absolute war: Soviet Russia in the Second World War, Alfred A. Knopf, ISBN 978-0-375-41086-4 p670 is what wiki relies upon in its article.
I haven't read Bellamy, but given that Scholar is showing 0 relevant hits for Bezarin I doubt deep text searching will bring up an article on rape policy in Berlin. Particularly after Beevor's pathetic intervention in 2002.
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