Alexander Rodimtsev

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Alexander Rodimtsev
Born(1905-03-08)8 March 1905
Sharlyk, Orenburg Governorate, Russian Empire
Died13 April 1977(1977-04-13) (aged 72) [1]
Moscow, Soviet Union
Allegiance Soviet Union
Service/branchSoviet Army
Years of service1927–1977
RankColonel-General
Unit13th Guards Rifle Division; 32nd Guards Rifle Corps, which included the 13th Guards Rifle Division, the 66th Guards Rifle Division, and the 6th Guards Airborne Division
Commands heldDeputy Commander of the Eastern Siberian Military District and the Northern Military District
Battles/warsSpanish Civil War; Eastern Front of the Second World War, including the Battle of Kharkov, Battle of Stalingrad, the Battle of Kursk, and Operation Bagration
AwardsHero of the Soviet Union


Alexander Ilich Rodimtsev (1905–1977, Russian: Александр Ильич Родимцев) was a colonel-general in the Soviet Red Army during World War II and twice won the Hero of the Soviet Union award (in 1937 and 1945).[2]

Career[edit]

Rodimtsev joined the Red Army in the 1920s. He fought in the Spanish Civil War on the side of the Republicans against Francisco Franco in 1936-1937, where he earned his first decoration as a Hero of the Soviet Union. During the course of the Second World War, he is best remembered for his role in the Battle of Stalingrad, where he brilliantly commanded the 13th Guards Rifle Division which earned him his second order of Hero of the Soviet Union. The division was charged to hold the Germans between Mamayev Kurgan and Tsaritsa Gorge, which his outnumbered and outgunned force successfully did. Rodimtsev was vastly popular with his troops and was well known for his bravery.

In 1943, after the Battle of Stalingrad, Rodimtsev commanded the 32nd Guards Rifle Corps, which included the 13th Guards Rifle Division, the 66th Guards Rifle Division, and the 6th Guards Airborne Division. The 32nd Guards Rifle Corps was an element of the 5th Guards Army, which was a part of the Steppe Front (commanded by Marshal Ivan Konev), and engaged SS Panzer divisions at the Battle of Kursk.[2]

After the war Rodimtsev served as the Deputy Commander of the Eastern Siberian Military District, then served as a military attaché in Albania, before serving again as a deputy commander for a Military District, this time for the Northern Military District.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Карелия: энциклопедия: в 3 т. / гл. ред. А. Ф. Титов. Т. 3: Р — Я. — Петрозаводск: ИД «ПетроПресс», 2011. С. 319—384 с.: ил., карт. ISBN 978-5-8430-0127-8 (т. 3)
  2. ^ a b c Биография Александра Ильича Родимцева

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