Zhukov is synonomous when it comes to discussing military leaders of the Soviet Union, but to spark up a discussion, I felt it necessary to mention a few more. The Stalinist purges of the '30s left the USSR with only 2 of its 5 Marshalls of the Soviet Union. One of which was Voroshilov (or as Krushev rightly put him, "The biggest bag of shit in the Army"), who is probably most noted for his disasterous failure during the first half of the Winter War. When the Germans invaded, he was put in command of the Soviet armies around Leningrad, but once again his military incompetence got the better of him and after several more defeats, he was removed of command. On the other hand, Timoshenko was a competent professional soldier, but many of his ideas and thoughts went back to the Tsarist days. It was he who re-instituted the egregious treatment of soldiers in the armies. However, he is also responsible for the Red Army's modernization after the German invasion, which is regarded as the key to Soviet military victory in WWII. After his failed offensive around Krakov in 1942, he was replaced by Georgi Zhukov and placed commander of various locations for the remainder of the war. Koniev is another Russian General that deserves merit. During the intial German invasion, his forces retreated towards Moscow, battling the entire journey, and drawing blood from the invaders for every inch they took. After the Soviet victory at Kursk, he and his armies took the fight to the Germans, liberating many cities in the Ukraine, Russia, Czechoslovakia, and Poland. He was promoted to Marshall in 1944. That's all for now, I must be going, but if anyone has anything to add, please do.