Marshal G.K. Zhukov and Field Marshal Montgomery beside the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, following Zhukov’s investiture as a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath.
Wow. Zhukov was knighted? I did not know that at all.
Yep. It was pretty standard among the very top commanders of the Allies to exchange awards. Aside from Order of Bath, he also got the American Legion of Merit, French Legion d’Honneur. The Monty and Ike were given the Order of Victory by the USSR, an award probably best known for using 174 diamonds on it.
Funny story about the encounter between Monty and Zhukov though. I’m not sure if it was during this meeting or not, but they only met a few times as far as I know, so might have been this time. Anyways though, Zhukov later wrote about how frustrated he was talking with Monty for the first time, because Monty was trying to convince him that his victory at El Alamein was very similar to Zhukov’s at Stalingrad. Needless to say, Zhukov thought this was a pretty stupid comparison, trying to explain to Monty that Stalingrad was pretty much an order of magnitude larger in scope and manpower.
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