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Ivan (Hovhannes) Baghramyan

Ivan (Hovhannes) Baghramyan

Ivan (Hovhannes) Baghramyan (1897 – 1982), was a Soviet military commander and Marshal of the Soviet Union of Armenian origin.

Bagramyan in 1916 while he was serving in the Imperial Russian military.
Bagramyan in 1916 while he was serving in the Imperial Russian military.

Hovhannes Baghramyan (Hovhannes Khachaturi Baghramyan) was born in Chartakhlu, Armenia, 1897. Educated in Tiflis. In 1915 he volunteered in Russian army. Fought for Sovietisation of Lori and Georgia (1921). Commander of the First Armenian Cavalry Brigade 1923–31. At the Frunze military Academy 1931–4. On outbreak of second world war in Kiev from where he effected a skillful withdrawal (winter 1941). Commander First Baltic front in Byelorussia and East Prussia (June–October 1944).

Bagramyan at a military parade in Riga, 1955.
Baghramyan at a military parade in Riga, 1955.

Promoted to marshal in 1955; deputy defense minister of the USSR under Khrushchev; member of the Central Committee CPSU, 1961. Memoirs published in Moscow in 1971.

Marshal Hovhannes Bagramyan – Ivan (Hovhannes) Baghramyan

Bagramyan with wife
Bagramyan with wife

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