Fyodor Kuznetsov

Fyodor Isidorovich Kuznetsov (Russian: Фёдор Исидо́рович Кузнецо́в; 29 September 1898 – 22 March 1961) was a Colonel General and military commander in the Soviet Union.[1]

Fyodor Kuznetsov
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Native name
Кузнецов, Фёдор Исидорович
Born29 September 1898
Mogilev Governorate, Russian Empire
Died22 March 1961 (aged 62)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, USSR
Allegiance Russian Empire (1916–1917)
 Soviet Russia (1917–1922)
 Soviet Union (1922–1948)
Service/branchImperial Russian Army
Red Army
Years of service1916–1948
RankColonel General
Commands heldNorthwestern Front
Central Front
21st Army
51st Army
61st Army
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
AwardsOrder of Lenin


Born to a peasant family in Mogilev Governorate (present-day Horki Raion, Mogilev Oblast of Belarus), Kuznetsov served in the Imperial Russian Army during World War I and continued his service in the Bolsheviks' Red Army. During the German-Soviet War, he initially commanded the Northwestern Front during the Baltic Strategic Defensive Operation until 30 June 1941, but was relieved in early August 1941 (replaced by General Major Pyotr Sobennikov). At a Stavka session on 12 August 1941, he was given command of the new 51st Independent Army, but he was replaced by Pavel Batov in October 1941 during the defense of the Crimea. Later he served as the temporary commander of the Central Front (July–August 1941), Chief of Staff of the 28th Army, Deputy Commander of the Western Front, and commander of the 61st Army.

From March 1942 to June 1943, he served as the commanding officer of the Academy of General Staff, and from August 1943 to February 1944 as the Deputy Commander of the Volkhov Front and Karelian Front. From 1945-1948, he commanded the Ural Military District, retiring due to illness.

He is buried in the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow.


  1. ^ "КУЗНЕЦОВ Федор Исидорович : Министерство обороны Российской Федерации" [Kuznetsov Fyodor Isidorovich: Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation]. stat.encyclopedia.mil.ru. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
  • Erickson, The Road to Stalingrad, 2003 Cassel Military Paperbacks edition, p. 198-9, 256