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After World War II—Russia's Great Patriotic War'—Georgy Zhukov had a hard time navigating the tangled web of political intrigue.

World War II, in Russia – the Great Patriotic War (22 June 1941 – 9 May 1945). Marshal Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov at the First Belorussian Front. October, 1944.

World War II, in Russia – the Great Patriotic War (22 June 1941 – 9 May 1945). Marshal Georgy K. Zhukov (right) and Russian officers in the ruins of the Reichstag. Berlin, Germany, 1945.

World War II, in Russia – the Great Patriotic War (22 June 1941 – 9 May 1945). Russian general (after this battle marshal) Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov during the Battle of Kursk. 1943.

World War II, in Russia – the Great Patriotic War (22 June 1941 – 9 May 1945). Marshal Georgy K. Zhukov (in his uniform overcoat) and general-colonel of aviation A. E. Golovanov. Bryansk Front, July 1943.

World War II, in Russia – the Great Patriotic War (22 June 1941 – 9 May 1945). General Georgy K. Zhukov, the commander of the Western Front, in the headquarters. Defence of Moscow, 1941.