Ivan Tyulenev

Ivan Vladimirovich Tyulenev
Ива́н Влади́мирович Тюле́нев
Born 28 January 1892
Shatrashany, Simbirsk Governorate, Russian Empire
Died 15 August 1978(1978-08-15) (aged 86)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Allegiance Russia Russian Empire (1913–1917)
 Soviet Union
Service/branch Russian EmpireImperial Russian Army
Red Army
Years of service 1913–1917
Rank General of the Army (USSR)
Battles/wars World War I
Russian Civil War
Polish Soviet War
World War II
Awards Hero of the Soviet Union
Order of St George
Order of Lenin (4 times)
Order of the October Revolution
Order of the Red Banner (5 times)
Order of Kutuzov (1st Class)
Order for Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR

Ivan Vladimirovich Tyulenev (Russian: Ива́н Влади́мирович Тюле́нев; 28 January 1892  15 August 1978) was a Soviet military commander, one of the first to be promoted General of the Army (USSR) in 1940.


Tyulenvev was born into a soldier's family in the Simbirsk Governorate (now Ulyanovsk Oblast) settlement of Shatrashany. He worked in factories and as a Caspian Sea fisherman before being drafted into the Imperial Russian Army in 1913. During World War I he fought with the Kargopolsky dragoons in Congress Poland and was awarded the Order of St George for his courage.

Tyulenvev joined the Red Army after the revolution and served during the Russian Civil war with the 1st Cavalry Army. He also took part in suppressing the Kronstadt Rebellion and in the Polish Soviet War. In 1939 he commanded the 12th Army during the Soviet invasion of Poland. He was promoted to General of the Army in 1940.

At the outbreak of the German-Soviet War, he was in charge of the Moscow Military District. In the first three months of the war, Tyulenev commanded the Southern Front. During the rest of the war, he was in command of the Transcaucasian Military District and Transcaucasian Front. Tyulenev was the author of several books of reminiscences, including Soviet Cavalry Fighting for the Fatherland (1957) and Through Three Wars (1972).

Honours and awards

Russian Empire
Soviet Union
Foreign awards
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