APPOINTED Minister of Defense last week, and boss of all armed forces in the Soviet Union: Marshal Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov, 58.

A thick-bodied Great Russian with broad Slav face and close-cropped head, Zhukov, a peasant's son, is the giant of modern land armies. No other man, not even General Eisenhower, can match his experience in the maneuvering of so many millions of men over so many thousands of square miles, in the simultaneous use of massed tanks, artillery and tactical aviation. Zhukov is a lifelong professional soldier and a Russian patriot; he is also a dedicated Communist. He speaks three or...

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