He commanded first the 64th Russian Army in a fighting retreat from the River Don back into Stalingrad to lure the Nazi 6th Army Group into the city. Then he was given command of the more important 62nd Russian Army Group to hold Stalingrad against the invading Germans.
It is unknown where he got the nickname Georgi, although in his second volume of his memoirs, The End of the Third Reich, he mentions he was often called this by superiors. While in command at Stalingrad he held the rank of Lieutenant General, but later, after the war he was named a Marshall of the Soviet Union with the military rank of Field Marshall.
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