German Kapitonovich Malandin
Malandin, German Kapitonovich
Born Dec. 3 (15), 1894, in Nolinsk, now in Kirov Oblast; died Oct. 27, 1961, in Moscow. Soviet military leader; general of the army (1948); professor (1939). Member of the CPSU from 1940.
Malandin graduated from the Alexander Military School in 1915. He entered the Red Army in 1918 and took part in the Civil War of 1918-20. He was then regimental commander and military director of the Viatka and Ufa provincial military commissariats. In 1937 he graduated from the Academy of the General Staff. During the Great Patriotic War of 1941-45 he was deputy chief of staff and chief of staff of the Western Front (1941), deputy head of a subdepartment and head of a subdepartment at the Military Academy of the General Staff (1941-43), and chief of staff of the Thirteenth Army of the First Ukrainian Front (1943-45). After the war he was chief of staff for the Central Group of Forces (1945-46), chief of Main Headquarters and deputy commander of ground forces (1946-48), deputy chief of the General Staff (1948-52), chief of staff and first deputy commander of the troops of the Carpathian Military District (1952-53), deputy chief of the General Staff (1953-55), first deputy commander and chief of the General Staff (1953-55), first deputy commander and chief of the main Headquarters of the Ground Forces (1955-56), and first deputy chief and chief of the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the USSR (1956-61). He received three Orders of Lenin, three Orders of the Red Banner, two Orders of Suvorov First Class, the order of Suvorov Second Class, the Order of Kutuzov First Class, the Order of the Red Star, and various medals, as well as foreign orders.