|Ivan Ivanovich Fedyuninsky|
Ivan Fedyuninsky, ca. 1939, when he held the rank of Lt. Colonel
July 30, 1900|
Tugulym, Tobolsk Governorate, Russian Empire
October 17, 1977 (aged 77)|
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Years of service||1919–1965|
|Rank||General of the Army|
|Commands held||42nd Army, 2nd Shock Army, 7th Guards Army|
Russian Civil War |
Sino-Soviet conflict (1929)
Soviet-Japanese Border Wars (Battle of Khalkhin Gol)
World War II
Fedyuninsky was born into a peasant family near Tugulym in the Urals. He finished the village school in 1913 and was apprenticed to a painter and decorator. He joined the Red Army in 1919. He fought on the Western Front in the Russian Civil war and was wounded twice. He studied at the Vladivostok Infantry School between 1923–24 and was appointed to an infantry regiment. He served in the Russian Far East between 1919 and 1940 fighting in the Sino-Soviet conflict (1929) and as the commander of the 24th Motorized Regiment in the Battle of Khalkhin Gol, where he won the Hero of the Soviet Union for his valour. He was promoted to divisional commander in 1940, taking over the 82nd Rifle Division, later motorised rifle division.
He was commanding 15th Rifle Corps in 5th Army on 22 June 1941. After several other army commands, including 54th and 42nd Army in the Leningrad area, took over 2nd Shock Army just before the Battle of Narva (1944). From 1946 to 1951 he commanded 7th Guards Army.
After the war Fedyuninsky was deputy commander of the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany (1951–54), commander the Transcaucasian (1954–57) and Turkestan (1957–65) Military Districts. He was promoted to the rank of General of the Army in 1955 and was an inspector and advisor to the Soviet Ministry of Defence from 1965 until his death. He was also a deputy in the Supreme Soviet.
Ivan Fedyuninsky was awarded four Orders of Lenin, five Orders of the Red Banner, two Orders of Suvorov (1st and 2nd Class), two Orders of Kutuzov, Order of the Red Star, Order for Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR (3rd Class), numerous medals, and a few foreign orders and medals.
Honours and awards
|Hero of the Mongolian People's Republic|
|Order of Sukhbaatar, twice|
|Order of the Red Banner|
|Order "For Service in Battle"|
|Order of Polonia Restituta|
|Gold Cross of the Virtuti Militari|
|Cross of Grunwald, 2nd class|
|Cross Olshansky Province|
- German Democratic Republic
|Hero of the GDR|
|Patriotic Order of Merit in gold|
- Tuvan People's Republic
|Order "Red Banner"|
|Medal "For the strengthening of friendship in Arms", 1st class|
- Other awards
Sources and references
- John Erickson (historian), The Road to Stalingrad (1975), & The Road to Berlin (1982).
- page in Russian from warheroes.ru
- David M. Glantz, The Battle for Leningrad 1941 - 1944, University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 2002, p xvii
- Zhukov, Georgy (1974). Marshal of Victory, Volume I. Pen and Sword Books Ltd. p. 415,422. ISBN 9781781592915.
- Holm, Michael. "7th Guards Combined Arms Army". www.ww2.dk. Retrieved 2015-12-24.