Konev was a tall, gruff, vigorous man with a shrewd twinkle in his blue eyes. He was 48 years old, a year younger than Zhukov, and in some respects his career had paralleled the other man's.
Konev, tall, gruff, vigorous, man, shrewd, twinkle, blue, eyes
Like his rival Zhukov, Konev was a man of iron will, but he did not hail from such a disadvantaged background, and he was unique among Soviet high commanders in having begun his military career as a political officer.
rival, Konev, man, iron, hail, disadvantaged, background, unique, Soviet
Zhukov was the most successful commander of World War II, who fell from grace under Khrushchev, but never lost his place in the pantheon of Soviet heroes.
most, successful, commander, World, War, who, fell, grace, under
Rokossovsky was a different type of general from Zhukov. Although a good soldier, he was not exceptionally brilliant.
Rokossovsky, different, type, good, soldier, exceptionally, brilliant
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