ZHUKOV PRAISES EISENHOWER AT VICTORY BANQUET IN BERLIN

Posted on December 15th, 2017 by:

Posted in:

ZHUKOV PRAISES EISENHOWER AT VICTORY BANQUET IN BERLIN

By Charles F. Kiley

Stars and Stripes Staff Writer

BERLIN, May 9.—Marshal Zhukov, deputy commander-in-chief of Russian forces and chief instrument in the Red Army’s tactical defeat of the Third Reich, today lauded Gen. Eisenhower as “one of the greatest generals of all time and one of America’s outstanding sons.”



Zhukov, the burley leader of the Red Army’s 1,000-mile drive from Moscow to Berlin, spoke of the Supreme Allied commander during a banquet in the room where “The Second Surrender” was signed and shortly after the documents were signed.

Red Army celebration markings V-E Day were nearing a close when the victory banquet began at 0030 hours today. The Russian troops had marked V-E Day by listening to the latest reports of the war from their unit commanders, attending concerts and holding banquets of their own. It was hardly the picture of New York, London and Paris.

At the banquet for his staff officers, Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder and other Allied officers, Zhukov had begun a series of 24 toasts proposed during the dinner by toasting victory, peace and Marshal Stalin. His second toast was for Eisenhower.

After the 13th or 14th toast—with vodka, champagne, cognac and red wine—few except the hardy Russians could keep an accurate count of the toasts. They were proposed every five minutes or so.

general zhukov

General Eisenhower, Marshall Zhukov and Air Chief Marshall Tedder in June 1945



For Further Reading Check Out:

Marshal of Victory: The Autobiography of General Georgy Zhukov


For Related Articles See:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



Past and Present WWII History Posts