Source: Arabic.Net – Taha Abdel Nasser Ramadan
Between 1936 and 1938, Stalin gave the green light to begin what is known as the great cleansing in which all those whom he considered a threat to his regime were pursued, which resulted in more than 700,000 casualties.
Meanwhile, the massive purge affected the Soviet military, where Stalin did not hesitate to get rid of the top generals with his army, preferring to keep others who often lacked military experience.
With the launch of the Barbarossa process, this matter played an important role in the collapse of the Soviet army against the Germans during the first months of the war, before the situation reversed in favor of the Soviets, after a series of battles that contributed to the veteran Marshal Georgi Zhukov in the development of plans and ensure their implementation.
According to many, Marshal Zhukov is classified as the most important military commander in the Second World War. Today in Belarus, the battles were moved towards the German border before he subsequently participated in the subjugation of Berlin.
By contrast, Zhukov’s achievements were not enough to win the satisfaction of Stalin. At the end of the war, Zhukov was received as a national hero and a savior of the homeland in Moscow, appointed in 1946 as the head of the Soviet side of Germany, and was awarded the honor of leading the Soviet mainland army. While everyone expected a prosperous future for the Soviet marshal, Stalin had another opinion as the latter feared Zhukov’s growing popularity and considered him a potential threat to his authority.
In the meantime, Stalin forced, through the secret police, “NKVD”, Air Force official Alexander Novikov to confess under torture by Zhukov’s conspiracy against the Communist Party, to find that the Iron Man, Stalin, as an excuse to get rid of the savior of the Soviet Union.
Stalin removed Zhukov from his position before sending him in 1946 to a remote city in Odessa, after being appointed as an official at a security post to find out who had defeated the Nazis and entered Berlin with a humiliating end. During the year 1948, Stalin noticed an increase in the popularity of Zhukov in Odessa, so he resorted again to punishing him by moving him from this region and appointing him as an official in the Ural Military District at Sverdlovsk region, more than 1700 km from the capital, Moscow. Stalin’s persecution of Zhukov did not stop there. Unable to arrest and execute Zhukov, the Soviet secret police went to pursue several of his former comrades and aides before practicing against them various forms of torture.
After the death of Stalin, the former (former) Soviet officials, headed by Nikita Khrushchev, preferred the consideration of Zhukov, who soon in 1955 assumed the position of Minister of Defense, to begin coinciding with that with the opening of files of executions and arrests that were obtained based on false testimonies during Stalin’s era.
With his success in punishing a number of generals, Khrushchev and his aides preferred to officially end Zhukov’s services and pay him for retirement, as the file of Stalin’s era victims threatened many of the dignitaries that Khrushchev was among.
Referred to retirement, Zhukov spent the remainder of his life writing his memoirs and gave some journalistic interviews before he died on June 18, 1974, at the age of 77.