- May 2014
What about Vatutin?Not my area of specialty but I would put Zhukov as an above average commander, maybe a 7/10. I find Operation Mars and his plans as Chief of Staff in 1941 to disqualify him from being considered the greatest Soviet general and would give that honour to Rokossovsky. When people criticise the Soviets for high casualties they need to be aware of the scale and brutality of the Eastern Front as well as the fact that after 1943 the Soviets were on the offensive. Indeed, around 1943 the Red Army improved considerably and I would say they had decent casualty rates.
But Russia had much more people than France had during WWI and thus proportionately suffered fewer losses in WWI itself than France did--though Russia of course did suffer much more in the subsequent Russian Civil War, 1930s famines, Great Purges, and WWII.I believe more people died on the Eastern Front in World War I than in the West.