Vladimir Karpov

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Vladimir Karpov
Born(1922-07-28)28 July 1922
Orenburg, Russia
Died19 January 2010(2010-01-19) (aged 87)
Allegiance Soviet Union
Service/branchRed Army
Years of service1939–1966
Battles/warsGreat Patriotic War
AwardsHero of the Soviet Union
Other workwriter and editor of Novy Mir magazine,
member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party,
member of the Supreme Soviet

Vladimir Vasilyevich Karpov (Russian: Владимир Васильевич Карпов; 29 July 1922 – 19 January 2010) was a Soviet soldier, writer of historical novels and public figure. He was awarded the hero of the Soviet Union for bravery in World War II.

Karpov was born in Orenburg, and moved to Tashkent as a child. He graduated from the Tashkent Military academy in 1941 when he was also middleweight boxing champion of Uzbekistan. He was repressed in 1941 and transferred to a punishment battalion on the Kalinin Front in 1942. He was rehabilitated due to bravery in the face of the enemy in 1943 and promoted to lieutenant. He was awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union in 1944 for capturing 79 prisoners.

After the war, Karpov attended the Frunze Military Academy (1947) and served in Central Asia, retiring as a regimental commander and chief of staff of a division in 1966.

Karpov started writing in 1945 and graduated from the Maxim Gorky Literature Institute via a correspondence course in 1954. From 1966 he was editor of the magazine Oktyabr in Uzbekistan and became editor of the magazine Novy Mir between 1981 and 1986. From 1986 to 1991, he was 1st secretary of the USSR Union of Writers.

Karpov died in Moscow and is buried in Troyekurovskoye Cemetery.



In English

  • The Commander, Brassey's Inc, 1987.
  • Russia at War, Vendome Press, 1987. (Introduction by Karpov
  • «Маршальский жезл ("Marshal's Baton" 1970);
  • «Взять живым!» ("Take Him Alive" 1974), a novel
  • «Не мечом единым» ("Not by Sword Alone" 1979), a novel
  • «Полководец» ("Commander" 1984) – documentary about General Ivan Yefimovich Petrov
  • «Маршал Жуков, его соратники и противники в годы войны и мира», memoirs of Marshal Georgy Zhukov in two volumes, (1989);
  • «Маршал Жуков. Опала» (1994);
  • «Расстрелянные маршалы» ("Executed Marshals" 1999).
  • «Генералиссимус», в 2 томах, ("Generalissimo" 2002) – a Biography of Joseph Stalin
  • "Маршал Баграмян "Мы много пережили в тиши после войны" (2006) memoirs of Ivan Bagramyan