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Vasily Ivanovich Petrov
Petrov receiving the Order of Alexander Nevsky from President Dmitry Medvedev
Born (1917-01-15)15 January 1917
Died 1 February 2014(2014-02-01) (aged 97)
Place of birth Chernolesskoye village, Stavropol Governorate, Russian Empire
Place of death Moscow, Russia
Allegiance  Soviet Union
Service/branch Red Army
Years of service 1939-1992
Rank Marshal of the Soviet Union
Commands held Far East Military District
Soviet Ground Forces
Battles/wars World War II, Ogaden War

Vasily Ivanovich Petrov (Russian: Васи́лий Ива́нович Петро́в; 15 January 1917 – 1 February 2014) was a senior Russian military official and Marshal of the Soviet Union.

Background[edit | edit source]

Petrov was born in 1917 in Chernolesskoye, Stavropol Governorate. He completed high school in 1935 and studied for two years at a teacher training institute until 1937.

Petrov joined the Red Army in 1939 and completed the lieutenant's course in 1941.

During World War II, he fought in the defence of Odessa, defence of Sevastopol and the Campaign in the Caucasus. He later took part in the liberation of the Ukraine and the invasion of Romania, in addition to the Budapest Offensive in Hungary.

After the war, Petrov completed Military Studies at the Frunze Military Academy in Moscow. He subsequently rose through the Russian military ranks, being promoted to Colonel in 1952, Major General in 1961, Lieutenant General in 1965, Colonel General in 1970 and General in 1972. In 1983, Petrov was eventually appointed Marshal of the Soviet Union.

In the late 1970s, Petrov served as a military advisor to the Ethiopian Army. He was assigned to assist and rebuild the force during the Ogaden War.[1][2]

In 1982, Petrov was awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union.

He commanded the Far East Military District in 1972-76 and served as Commander-in-Chief of Ground Forces in 1980-85.

From 1992, Petrov served as a military advisor to the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation. He died in 2014 at the age of 97.[3]

Honours and awards[edit | edit source]

Soviet Union and Russia
Foreign awards

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