Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Ground Forces

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Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Ground Forces
Главнокомандующие Сухопутными войсками России
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Incumbent
Oleg Salyukov

since May 2014
Russian Ground Forces
Member ofGeneral Staff of the Armed Forces
Reports toChief of the General Staff
AppointerPresident of Russia
Formation9 August 1812 (historical)
10 June 1992 (current form)
WebsiteOfficial website

The Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Ground Forces (Russian: Главнокомандующие Сухопутными войсками России) is the chief commanding authority of the Russian Ground Forces. He is appointed by the President of Russia. The position dates to the period of the Russian Empire. The current Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Ground Forces is Army General Oleg Salyukov.

List of Commanders[edit]

† denotes people who died in office.

Red Army (1918–1946)[edit]

Commander-in-Chief Took office Left office Time in office
1
Jukums Vācietis
Vācietis, JukumsKomandarm 2nd rank
Jukums Vācietis
(1873–1938)
6 September 19188 July 1919305 days
2
Sergei Kamenev
Kamenev, SergeiKomandarm 1st rank
Sergei Kamenev
(1881–1936)
8 July 191928 April 19244 years, 295 days
Chief of the Staff Took office Left office Time in office
1
Mikhail Frunze
Frunze, MikhailMajor General
Mikhail Frunze
(1885–1925)
April 1924January 19259 months
2
Sergei Kamenev
Kamenev, SergeiKomandarm 1st rank
Sergei Kamenev
(1881–1936)
January 1925November 192510 months
3
Mikhail Tukhachevsky
Tukhachevsky, MikhailMarshal of the Soviet Union
Mikhail Tukhachevsky
(1893–1937)
November 1925May 19282 years, 6 months
4
Boris Shaposhnikov
Shaposhnikov, BorisKomandarm 1st rank
Boris Shaposhnikov
(1882–1945)
May 1928April 19312 years, 11 months
5
Vladimir Triandafillov
Triandafillov, VladimirGeneral
Vladimir Triandafillov
(1894–1931)
[a]
May 193112 July 1931 †2 months
6
Alexander Ilyich Yegorov
Yegorov, Alexander IlyichMarshal of the Soviet Union
Alexander Ilyich Yegorov
(1883–1939)
July 1931September 19354 years, 2 months
Chief of the General Staff Took office Left office Time in office
1
Alexander Ilyich Yegorov
Yegorov, Alexander IlyichMarshal of the Soviet Union
Alexander Ilyich Yegorov
(1883–1939)
September 193510 May 19371 year, 8 months
2
Boris Shaposhnikov
Shaposhnikov, BorisMarshal of the Soviet Union
Boris Shaposhnikov
(1882–1945)
10 May 1937August 19403 years, 2 months
3
Kirill Meretskov
Shaposhnikov, BorisArmy General
Kirill Meretskov
(1897–1968)
August 1940January 19415 months
4
Georgy Zhukov
Zhukov, GeorgyArmy General
Georgy Zhukov
(1896–1974)
February 194129 July 19415 months
(2)
Boris Shaposhnikov
Shaposhnikov, BorisMarshal of the Soviet Union
Boris Shaposhnikov
(1882–1945)
29 July 194111 May 1942286 days
5
Aleksandr Vasilevsky
Vasilevsky, AleksandrMarshal of the Soviet Union
Aleksandr Vasilevsky
(1895–1977)
26 June 1942February 19452 years, 7 months
6
Aleksei Antonov
Antonov, AlekseiArmy General
Aleksei Antonov
(1896–1962)
February 194522 March 19461 year, 1 month

Soviet Ground Forces (1946–1992)[edit]

Commander-in-Chief Took office Left office Time in office
1
Georgy Zhukov
Zhukov, GeorgyMarshal of the Soviet Union
Georgy Zhukov
(1896–1974)
March 19469 June 19465 months
2
Ivan Konev
Konev, IvanMarshal of the Soviet Union
Ivan Konev
(1897–1973)
194619503–4 years
Position of commander of ground forces did not exist from 1950–55
2
Ivan Konev
Konev, IvanMarshal of the Soviet Union
Ivan Konev
(1897–1973)
195519560–1 years
3
Rodion Malinovsky
Malinovsky, RodionMarshal of the Soviet Union
Rodion Malinovsky
(1898–1967)
March 195626 October 19570–1 years
4
Andrei Grechko
Grechko, AndreiMarshal of the Soviet Union
Andrei Grechko
(1903–1976)
195719602–3 years
5
Vasily Chuikov
Chuikov, VasilyMarshal of the Soviet Union
Vasily Chuikov
(1900–1982)
196019643–4 years
Position of commander of ground forces did not exist from 1964–67
6
Ivan Pavlovsky
Pavlovsky, IvanArmy General
Ivan Pavlovsky
(1909–1999)
November 1967197911–12 years
7
Vasiliy Petrov
Petrov, VasiliyMarshal of the Soviet Union
Vasiliy Petrov
(1917–2014)
1980January 19854–5 years
8
Yevgeni Ivanovski
Ivanovski, YevgeniArmy General
Yevgeni Ivanovski
(1918–1991)
5 February 1985January 19894–5 years
9
Valentin Varennikov
Varennikov, ValentinArmy General
Valentin Varennikov
(1923–2009)
5 January 198931 August 19911–2 years
10
Vladimir Semyonov
Semyonov, VladimirColonel General
Vladimir Semyonov
(born 1940)
31 August 1991August 19920–1 years

Russian Ground Forces (1992–present)[edit]

Commander-in-Chief Took office Left office Time in office
1
Vladimir Semyonov
Semyonov, VladimirArmy General
Vladimir Semyonov
(born 1940)
August 1992April 19974 years, 8 months
Chief of the Main Directorate Took office Left office Time in office
-
Yuri Bukreyev [ru]
Bukreyev, YuriColonel General
Yuri Bukreyev [ru]
(born 1941)
Acting
January 19989 May 19984 months
1
Yuri Bukreyev [ru]
Bukreyev, YuriColonel general
Yuri Bukreyev [ru]
(born 1941)
9 May 1998March 20012 years, 9 months
Commander-in-Chief Took office Left office Time in office
1
Nikolai Kormiltsev
Kormiltsev, NikolaiArmy General
Nikolai Kormiltsev
(born 1946)
28 March 2001October 20043 years, 6 months
2
Aleksei Maslov
Maslov, AlexeyArmy General
Aleksei Maslov
(born 1953)
5 November 200431 July 20083 years, 8 months
3
Vladimir Boldyrev
Bondyrev, VladimirArmy General
Vladimir Boldyrev
(born 1953)
31 July 2008January 20101 year, 5 months
4
Aleksandr Postnikov-Streltsov
Postnikov, AlexanderColonel General
Aleksandr Postnikov-Streltsov
(born 1953)
11 January 201026 April 20122 years, 3 months
5
Vladimir Chirkin
Chirkin, VladimirColonel General
Vladimir Chirkin
(born 1955)
26 April 20122 December 20131 year, 7 months
-
Sergey Istrakov [ru]
Istrakov, SergeyColonel General
Sergey Istrakov [ru]
(born 1959)
Acting
December 2013March 20142 months
6
Oleg Salyukov
Salyukov, OlegArmy General
Oleg Salyukov
(born 1955)
2 March 2014Incumbent5 years, 5 months

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Died in a plane crash.

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • V.I. Feskov, K.A. Kalashnikov, V.I. Golikov, The Soviet Army in the Years of the Cold War 1945–91, Tomsk University Publishing House, Tomsk, 2004 (for Soviet era list of CGSs).

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