Vasily Petrov (military)

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Vasily Ivanovich Petrov
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Petrov receiving the Order of Alexander Nevsky from President Dmitry Medvedev
Born (1917-01-15)15 January 1917
Chernolesskoye village, Stavropol Governorate, Russian Empire
Died 1 February 2014(2014-02-01) (aged 97)
Moscow, Russia
Allegiance  Soviet Union
Service/branch Red Army
Years of service 1939-1992
Rank Marshal of the Soviet Union
Commands held Far East Military District
Soviet Ground Forces
Battles/wars World War II, Ogaden War

Vasily Ivanovich Petrov (Russian: Васи́лий Ива́нович Петро́в; 15 January [O.S. 2 January] 1917 – 1 February 2014) was a senior Russian military official and Marshal of the Soviet Union.


Petrov was born in 1917 in Chernolesskoye, Stavropol Governorate. He completed high school in 1935 and studied for two years at a teacher training institute until 1937.

Petrov joined the Red Army in 1939 and completed the lieutenant's course in 1941.

During World War II, he fought in the defence of Odessa, defence of Sevastopol and the Campaign in the Caucasus. He later took part in the Soviet invasion of Ukraine and the invasion of Romania, in addition to the Budapest Offensive in Hungary.

After the war, Petrov completed Military Studies at the Frunze Military Academy in Moscow. He subsequently rose through the Russian military ranks, being promoted to Colonel in 1952, Major General in 1961, Lieutenant General in 1965, Colonel General in 1970 and General in 1972. In 1983, Petrov was eventually appointed Marshal of the Soviet Union.

In the late 1970s, Petrov served as a military advisor to the Ethiopian Army. He was assigned to assist and rebuild the force during the Ogaden War.[1][2]

In 1982, Petrov was awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union.

He commanded the Far East Military District in 1972-76 and served as Commander-in-Chief of Ground Forces in 1980-85.

From 1992, Petrov served as a military advisor to the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation. He died in 2014 at the age of 97.[3]

Honours and awards

Soviet Union and Russia
Foreign awards


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  2. Lockyer, Adam. "Opposing Foreign Intervention's Impact on the Course of Civil Wars: The Ethiopian-Ogaden Civil War, 1976-1980" (PDF). Retrieved 28 December 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Скончался маршал Советского Союза Василий Петров (in Russian). RIA Novosti. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Mystery Shrouds Kremlin Award for Churov | News". The Moscow Times. Retrieved 5 May 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>