Alexander Yegorov

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Alexander Yegorov
Alexander Yegorov, 1962
Chairman of West Russian Revolutionary Front
Details
Date of Birth13th October 1883
Place of BirthBuzuluk, Samara Governorate, Russian Empire
Age at start80
Nationality Russian (WRRF)
RoleHead of State of West Russian Revolutionary Front
Political PartyZapadnorusskiy Revolyutsionnyy Front

Западнорусский Революционный Фронт

West Russian Revolutionary Front

(ZRF)
Ideology Bolshevik

Alexander Ilyich Yegorov (born 25 October [O.S. 13 October] 1883) is the current leader of the West Russian Revolutionary Front, one of the original five Marshals of the Soviet Union from the Russian Civil War and a key figure in the West Russian Revolutionary Front during the infamous West Russian War.

Now in old age and ailing health, Marshal Yegorov knows his time on this earth is coming to an end, now, he must determine who will succeed him as leader.

In Game Description[edit | edit source]

Alexander Yegorov has been in the midst of the military throughout his entire adult life. Born in Samara in 1883, at age 18, he joined the Imperial Russian Army and quickly rose through the ranks. Originally a member of the Socialist Revolutionary Party prior to the Revolution, he quickly aligned with the new Soviet regime when they came to power in 1917. He served courageously during the First World War, Russian Revolution in the Southwestern Front, the Great Patriotic War and the West Russian War, getting shot more than five times throughout his long service as he often led his men into battle. Ever humble, Yegorov always downplayed his achievements, and silently suffers with the regret of his past defeats even when he himself was not at fault. Still, Yegorov never gave up even after Moscow fell to the huns. In his exile behind the A-A Line, he amassed the remaining red forces in West Russia underneath the banner of the West Russian Revolutionary Front, leading it to the cusp of victory during the West Russian War before the collaborators and reactionaries within the Front tore this away.

Now nearly 80, his once more powerful grip over the Front's leadership is slipping away, with cliques of officers vying for power underneath him. The harsh climate of Arkhangelsk and his many war wounds have not helped improve his health, and the fractures within the Front continue to grow.

Despite the Front's many defeats, Yegorov's resolve remained strong - at least to the outside observer. It needed to be, for the hopes and dreams of those Russians still loyal to the glorious Revolution lie on his shoulders. Only time will tell whether his successor - whoever they may be, can also hold this burden.

Biography[edit | edit source]

He is the leader of the shattered West Russian Revolutionary Front in Archangelsk upon the start of the game before his death soon after in 1963. Depending on who wins the power struggle to succeed him, he will be replaced by either Marshal Georgy Zhukov or Marshal Mikhail Tukhachevsky.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

In our timeline (OTL), Yegorov was officially listed as one of the judges at Tukhachevsky's trial in June 1937. He seemed to be safe from the purge, due to his old connections to Stalin and Budyonny.

But at the end of 1937, he was demoted to commander of the Transcaucasian Military District, and was arrested in February 1938 and his military writings were banned.

His downfall seems to have begun with a letter in the spring of 1937 from Kombrig Fedor Sudakov of the Frunze Military Academy to Stalin questioning Yegorov's performance; a similar letter was sent by Kombrig Yan Zhigur to Voroshilov on 20 July, and Yegorov was further damaged by confessions extracted from officers arrested during the general purge of the army. Yegorov was shot on 23 February 1939, having become another victim of Stalin's Great Purge. He was cremated and his ashes were buried in a mass grave at Donskoi Cemetery in Moscow.

After Stalin's death in 1953, Nikita Khrushchev rehabilitated Yegorov by the decision of the Military Collegium of the Supreme Court of the Soviet Union. He was also posthumously reinstated his rank of Marshal of the Soviet Union and military awards restored.