David Dragunsky

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David Dragunsky
Born2 February 1910
Svyatsk, Chernigov Governorate
Died12 October 1992(1992-10-12) (aged 82)
Allegiance Soviet Union
Years of service1931-1974
RankColonel General CCCP army Rank general-polkovnik infobox.svg
AwardsHero of the Soviet Union (2)
Order of Lenin (2)

David Abramovich Dragunsky (Давид Абрамович Драгунский; 1910, in Svyatsk, Chernigov Governorate – 1992, in Moscow) was born to a Jewish family and became a Colonel General in the Soviet Army. Twice he was decorated as a Hero of the Soviet Union.


In 1938, he commanded an Infantry company during combat operations near Khasan Lake and was awarded an Order of the Red Banner. During World War II, he was in command of a Tank battalion and, in 1943, he became the commander of the 55th Guards Tank Brigade of the 3rd Guards Tank Army. Between 1961 and 1965, he commanded the 7th Guards Army.[1]

He became an ordinary member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1932, a member of the Regimental Party Committee in 1935, and Secretary of the Brigade Committee in 1942. He became a Candidate Member of the Central Committee of the CPSU in 1974 and a full member in 1979. In 1977, he was designated chairman of Anti-Zionist committee of the Soviet public by the Ideological Department of the CPSU Central Committee and the KGB. After the fall of the Soviet Union, it was revealed that he himself was under the surveillance of the KGB during the 1960s and 1970s because of his Israeli relatives.


  • A Soldier's Memoirs
  • Pages From the Story of My Life


  1. ^ Holm, Michael. "7th Guards Combined Arms Army". www.ww2.dk. Retrieved 2015-12-24.

External links[edit]

  • His biography (in Russian)
  • William Korey, Russian Antisemitism, Pamyat and Demonology of Zionism, Harwood Academic Publishers, 1995