Pyotr Koshevoy

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Pyotr Koshevoy
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Pyotr Koshevoy in 1942
Born 21 December 1904
Oleksandriia, Kherson Governorate, Russian Empire (now Ukraine)
Died 30 August 1976(1976-08-30) (aged 71)
Allegiance Red Army
Years of service 1920–1969
Rank Marshal of the Soviet Union
Commands held 5th Army
11th Guards Army
Siberian Military District
Kiev Military District
Battles/wars World War II
Siege of Leningrad
Battle of Stalingrad
Crimean Offensive (1944)
East Prussian Offensive
Awards Hero of the Soviet Union Hero of the Soviet Union(1944, 1945)
Order of Lenin
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Order of the October Revolution
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Order of the Red Banner
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Order of Suvorov ІІ-class
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Order of Kutuzov ІІ-class
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Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky I-class
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Petr Kirillovich Koshevoi (Russian: Пётр Кириллович Кошевой) (December 21, 1904 – August 30, 1976) was a Soviet military leader.

Koshevoi was born to a peasant Ukrainian Cossack family and joined the Red Army in 1920.

He took part in the Russian Civil War and commanded a corps during the second world war taking part in the defense of Stalingrad. He commanded the 63rd Rifle Corps of the 51st Army during the Liberation of the Crimea. He participated in the capture of East Prussia. He was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union twice – in 1944, for the taking of Sapun-gora (called a key to Sevastopol) and in 1945, for his part in the capture of Königsberg.

Following the war, Koshevoi commanded the Siberian Military District in 1957–1960, the Kiev Military District in 1960–1965, and the Group of Soviet forces in East Germany in 1965–1969. Koshevoi was promoted to Marshal of the Soviet Union in 1968. He is buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow.

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