Vladimir Kolpakchi

Vladimir Yakovlevich Kolpakchi (Russian: Владимир Яковлевич Колпакчи, Ukrainian: Колпакчи Володимир Якович; 7 September 1899 in Kiev – 17 May 1961 in Moscow) was a Soviet general during World War II. For his role in the successful Vistula-Oder offensive he was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union on 6 April 1945.[1][2]

Vladimir Kolpakchi
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Born7 September 1899
Kiev, Russian empire
Died17 May 1961(1961-05-17) (aged 61)
Odessa, USSR
Allegiance Soviet Union
Service/branchRed Army
Years of service1917–1961
RankArmy General
Commands held8th Rifle Division
12th Rifle Corps
18th Army
62nd Army
30th Army
63rd Army
69th Army
Baku Military District
40th Army
1st Red Banner Army
6th Army
Northern Military District
Battles/warsSpanish Civil War
World War II
AwardsHero of the Soviet Union
Order of Suvorov

He was the first commander of what became the famed Soviet 62nd Army, holding the post between July and August. He also lead the 69th Army from April 1944 to May 1945, participating in the Lublin-Brest Offensive, and finishing the War at the Battle of Berlin. Following the War, he had also lead the Baku Military District, and later died among other Generals in a Helicopter Crash in 1961.


  1. ^ "Колпакчи Владимир Яковлевич". warheroes.ru. Retrieved 2021-10-30.
  2. ^ Wieczynski, Joseph L. (1976). The Modern Encyclopedia of Russian and Soviet History. Academic International Press. ISBN 978-0-87569-064-3.