Pyotr Koshevoy
Petr Kirillovich Koshevoi (December 21, 1904 — August 30, 1976) was a Soviet military leader.

Koshevoi was born to a peasant Ukrainian Cossack family and joined the Red Army
Red Army
The Workers' and Peasants' Red Army started out as the Soviet Union's revolutionary communist combat groups during the Russian Civil War of 1918-1922. It grew into the national army of the Soviet Union. By the 1930s the Red Army was among the largest armies in history.The "Red Army" name refers to...

 in 1920

He took part in the Russian Civil War
Russian Civil War
The Russian Civil War was a multi-party war that occurred within the former Russian Empire after the Russian provisional government collapsed to the Soviets, under the domination of the Bolshevik party. Soviet forces first assumed power in Petrograd The Russian Civil War (1917–1923) was a...

 and commanded a corps during the second world war
Eastern Front (World War II)
The Eastern Front of World War II was a theatre of World War II between the European Axis powers and co-belligerent Finland against the Soviet Union, Poland, and some other Allies which encompassed Northern, Southern and Eastern Europe from 22 June 1941 to 9 May 1945...

 taking part in the defense of Stalingrad, the Liberation of the Crimea and the capture of East Prussia. He was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union
Hero of the Soviet Union
The title Hero of the Soviet Union was the highest distinction in the Soviet Union, awarded personally or collectively for heroic feats in service to the Soviet state and society.-Overview:...

 twice - in 1944, for the taking of Sapun-gora
Sapun-gora — is a ridge to the southeast of Sevastopol, in Crimea, Ukraine.It became the arena of fierce battle during the siege of Sevastopol , and also during its recapturing in 1944....

 (called a key to Sevastopol
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) and in 1945, for his part in the capture of Königsberg
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Following the war, Koshevoi commanded the Siberian Military District
Siberian Military District
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 in 1957-60, the Kiev Military District
Kiev Military District
The Kiev Military District was a Russian unit of military-administrative division of the Imperial Russian Army and subsequently of the Ukrainian Army, RKKA, and Soviet Armed Forces...

 in 1960-65, and the Group of Soviet forces in East Germany in 1965-69. Koshevoi was appointed Marshal of the Soviet Union
Marshal of the Soviet Union
Marshal of the Soviet Union was the de facto highest military rank of the Soviet Union. ....

 in 1968. He is buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery
Novodevichy Cemetery
Novodevichy Cemetery is the most famous cemetery in Moscow, Russia. It is next to the 16th-century Novodevichy Convent, which is the city's third most popular tourist site. It should not be confused with the Novodevichy Cemetery in Saint Petersburg....

 in Moscow
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