Kuzma Galitsky

Kuzma Nikitovich Galitsky (Russian: Кузьма́ Ники́тович Гали́цкий; 24 October 1897 – 14 March 1973) was a Soviet army general who earned the title Hero of the Soviet Union.

Kuzma Nikitovich Galitsky
Kuzma Galitsky 1940s.jpg
Born(1897-10-24)October 24, 1897
Taganrog, Russian Empire
DiedMarch 14, 1973(1973-03-14) (aged 75)
Moscow, USSR
Service/branchSoviet Army
Years of service1917-1962
RankArmy General
Commands held
Battles/warsRussian Civil War, Soviet-Finnish War, German-Soviet War
AwardsHero of the Soviet Union


Kuzma Galitsky was born on October 24, 1897 in the city of Taganrog into a worker's family. He studied at the Taganrog Boys Gymnasium, which he graduated from in 1912, and worked at the Taganrog Train Station's depot. Galitsky joined the Bolshevik Party in 1918.

During the German-Soviet War, he commanded the 24th Rifle Division and the 67th Rifle Corps. Starting in September 1942, he commanded the 3rd Shock Army (Soviet Union), and from November 1943 to May 1945 he commanded of the 11th Guards Army. General Galitsky's army finished the war in Eastern Prussia, in Königsberg (currently Kaliningrad), where he built the first memorial in the Soviet Union to soldiers who fell during the war.

He was elected to the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union, serving from 1946 to 1962, concurrently serving as the commanding officer of the Northern Group of Forces in 1955-1958 and the Transcaucasian Military District in 1958-1961.

He died in Moscow in 1973 and was buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery.


Bibliography (memoirs)Edit

  • «Годы суровых испытаний. 1941 - 1944 (записки командующего армией)»— М.: Наука, 1973.
  • «В боях за Восточную Пруссию. Записки командующего 11-й гвардейской армией» — М.: Наука, 1970.


Streets in Taganrog and in Kaliningrad were named after General Galitsky.

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