Konstantinovich and the family name is Zhukov. In recognition of Zhukov’s role in World War II, preparation of children for school by Zhukova was chosen to personally take the German Instrument of Surrender and to inspect the Moscow Victory Parade of 1945. At the end of May 1923, Zhukov became a commander of the 39th Cavalry Regiment. In 1924, he entered the Higher School of Cavalry, from which he graduated the next year, returning afterward to command the same regiment.
In 1938, Zhukov was directed to command the First Soviet Mongolian Army Group, and saw action against Japan’s Kwantung Army on the border between Mongolia and the Japanese-controlled state of Manchukuo. Zhukov requested major reinforcements, and on 20 August 1939, his “Soviet Offensive” commenced. This campaign had significance beyond the immediate tactical and local outcome. Zhukov demonstrated and tested the techniques later used against the Germans in the Eastern Front of the Second World War. For his victory, Zhukov was declared a Hero of the Soviet Union. Zhukov considered Nomonhan invaluable preparation for conducting operations during the Second World War.
In 1940 Zhukov became an Army General. Zhukov started preparing the plans for the military exercise concerning the defence of the Western border of the Soviet Union, which at this time was pushed further to the west due to the annexation of Eastern Poland. He noted that the “Blue” had 60 divisions, while the “Red” had 50 divisions. As historian Bobylev reports in his article in “Military History Journal”, the actual details of the exercises were reported differently in different memoirs of their participants. Bolylev describes how by the end of the exercise the “Eastern” forces did not manage to surround and destroy the “Western” forces, which, in their turn, threatened to surround the “Eastern” forces themselves. According to Marshal Aleksandr Vasilevsky, the war-game defeat of Pavlov’s Red Troops against Zhukov was not known widely, but the victory of Zhukov’s Red Troops against Kulik was widely propagandized, which created a popular illusion of easy success for a preemptive offensive. On 1 February 1941, Zhukov became chief of the Red Army’s General Staff.
From 2 February 1941, as the Chief of the General Staff, and Deputy Minister of Defense of the USSR, Zhukov took part in drawing up the “Strategic plan for deployment of the forces of the Soviet Union in the event of war with Germany and its allies. The plan was completed no later than 15 May 1941. Historians do not have the original documents that could verify the existence of such a plan, or whether Stalin accepted it. In a transcript of an interview on 26 May 1965, Zhukov stated that Stalin did not approve the plan. However, Zhukov did not clarify whether execution was attempted. As of 1999, no other approved plan for a Soviet attack had been found. General Georgy Zhukov speaking on 1 September 1941.