Barsukov, Evgenii Zakharovich
Born Mar. 16 (28), 1866; died Jan. 21, 1957, in Moscow. Soviet military figure, major general (1940), doctor of military science (1940), member of the Academy of Artillery Science (1946).
Barsukov graduated from the Aleksandr Military School in 1885 and from the second class of the General Staff Academy in 1895. From 1899 on he served in the Main Artillery Directorate. From 1910 to 1915 he was assistant to the general inspector of artillery and his charge d’affaires, and a member of the Artillery Committee and of a commission on army reform. At the same time he taught at the Officers’ Artillery School. From January 1916 on he was chief of the administration of the field inspector general of artillery at General Headquarters and chairman of a commission on organizing special purpose heavy artillery, with the rank of major general. After the October Revolution he went over to the side of Soviet power and became chief of the Artillery Administration of the supreme commander in chief in December 1917. In April 1918 he was inspector of the artillery of the western screen sector, then within the Administration of Special Purpose Heavy Artillery. From 1924 on he was in the Administration for Studying and Utilizing the Experience of the War. Later he worked as an instructor and scholar; he retired in 1934. He is the author of works on the history of artillery (Russia’s Preparation for the World War From the Point of View of Artillery, 1926; Russian Artillery in the World War, vols. 1–2, 1938–40; and The Artillery of the Russian Army, vols. 1–4, 1948–49). In addition he revised and expanded A. A. Manikovskii’s Combat Supply of the Russian Army in the World War (2nd ed., 1930).