Andrey Vasilyevich Zhukov was the commander of the 63rd Mechanized Brigade (7th Mechanized Corps, 2nd Ukrainian Front), a Colonel, the Hero of the Soviet Union. He volunteered for the Red Army through the Vasilsursky district Military Commissariat in 1919. He began his service as a Red Army soldier of the 7th Reserve Rifle Regiment (Syzran). In 1920 he completed the courses of the command staff of the artillery of the Turkestan Front. From April 1920 to May 1921, he commanded a platoon of the 11th Tatar Rifle Regiment, then until October 1922 the 11th Tatar Rifle Regiment of the Turkestan Front, participated in battles with Basmachi gangs in Central Asia. Since 1930 he was the course commander of the Gorky Armored School named after Stalin. In 1932 he completed the armored command staff courses in the city of Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). He continued to serve in armored units in the Far East since May 1933. In June 1935, he took command of the battalion. He was in the battles of the Great Patriotic War since May 1942. The brigade under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Zhukov as a part of the 1st Tank Corps participated in the battles on the Bryansk and Southwestern fronts, in the Battle of Stalingrad. In January 1943, when the brigade was withdrawn to the rear, he was sent to courses at the Military Academy of Mechanization and Motorization named after Stalin. In June 1943, he took command of the 63rd mechanized Brigade, in this position he served until the end of the war. He successfully commanded the unit in the battles for the liberation of southern Ukraine and Moldova, Romania and Bulgaria. Colonel Zhukov’s unit especially distinguished itself during the defeat of the enemy’s Kishenev group, in the battles for the liberation of Romania and Hungary. The commander of the 63rd mechanized brigade Colonel Zhukov skillfully organized the interaction of the brigade with other parts of the troops during the Debrecen operation. On October 6-25, 1944, the brigade under his command inflicted significant damage to the enemy in manpower and military equipment. Having made a two–hundred–kilometer raid on the enemy’s rear, the brigade participated in the liberation of the cities of Oradea (Romania) – October 12, 1944 and Debrecen (Hungary) – October 20, 1944. A large number of tanks and self-propelled guns were captured. The brigade commander was presented with the title of the Hero of the Soviet Union. After the Victory, he continued to serve in the Soviet Army. In December 1955, Major General of the tank forces A.V. Zhukov was dismissed to the reserve.
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