Konev was a Russian who had begun his military career as a commissar, and he was a strong brutal character of great energy but limited education, unable to express himself well on paper. He realized his own limitations and sorted out operative and tactical problems on the spot, leaving all other matters to his staff.
As for me, I had to know exactly what the situation was in Dukla Pass. Moscow had demanded it.Ivan Konev
We plan alone but we fulfill our plans together with the enemy, as it were, in accordance with his opposition.Ivan Konev
Our neighbors use searchlights, for they want more light. I tell you, Nikolai Pavlovich, we need more darkness.Ivan Konev
Konev was a mental robot, saying only what had been written for him, as though his tongue moved only when wound by a key in the Kremlin.Ivan Konev
I do not want to give any orders to the airmen, but get hold of a Komsomol air unit, and say I want volunteers for the job.Ivan Konev