Pavel Batov

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Pavel Batov

Pavel Batov in 1962

Pavel Batov in the 1970s
Potential Leader of the Ural Military District
Head of GovernmentIvan Bagramyan
Personal details
Native nameПа́вел Ива́нович Ба́тов
Date of birthJune 1, 1897
Place of birthFilisovo, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Governorate, Russian Empire
Age at start65 years old
RoleHead of Government, Potential Leader of Sverdlovsk
Political partyUralskiy Komitet Gosudarstvennogo Spaseniya
Ideology Stratocracy

Pavel Ivanovich Batov (Russian: Па́вел Ива́нович Ба́тов; June 1 [O.S. May 20] 1897) was a senior Red Army general during the Second World War and twice Hero of the Soviet Union.

Batov fought in World War I, where he was awarded the Cross of St. George twice. After being wounded in 1917, he was sent to a school in Petrograd and joined the Bolsheviks. He fought in the Russian Civil War and became an advisor with the XII International Brigade during the Spanish Civil War. During World War II, Batov commanded the 51st Army in the Crimea. In 1942, he became the commander of the 3rd Army, before being assigned as deputy commander for training under Lt. Gen. Konstantin Rokossovsky. It was here that these two men would meet.

Rokossovsky would form a professional and personal bond that would last well into the next 20 years and Batov would continue to serve under Rokossovsky's command, as his deputy commander, all the way from the disastrous Second World War, to the West Russian War and now in Sverdlovsk where he is the Head of Government for the military administration.

In Game Description[edit | edit source]

1960s Description[edit | edit source]

The soldiers under the command of Pavel Ivanovich Batov often affectionately call him "our Suvorov", both for his appearance and his manners, referring to the legendary Russian general who was known for his military genius, his humble nature, and his fondness for the ordinary Russian soldiers. It is unlikely that the general himself acknowledges or evokes the comparison, but one could not be blamed for seeing such parallels between the leader of the Ural militarist government and the famed Russian hero of the past.In the darkest days of the Nazi push into Russia, Batov became acquainted with Konstantin Rokossovsky, with whom he formed a professional and personal bond that lasted until the latter's death. The camaraderie of the two generals became a subject of thrilling legends and tales narrated across the entirety of Siberia, intertwining truth and fiction. The events they went through together, the wars where they fought back to back, as one - all of it became ingrained in modern Russian cultural memory.At the funeral of his old friend, Batov vowed to carry the banner of the departed general's cause and preserve the legacy of the Lion of Siberia. Reorganizing the forces of the Ural Military District under his command and establishing his emergency power within the boundaries of war-ridden Russia, Batov seeks to rethink the role of the Red Army in society - to serve not merely as a protector of the Russian people, but their guide in times of anarchy and devastation."

1970s Description[edit | edit source]

Russia's turbulent history has, by nature, given rise to a number of extraordinary military men, who used their considerable talents to snatch victory from the jaws of certain destruction. Now, arguably the darkest period of Russia's existence has come to a close, and history has found yet another such figure to give its eternal gratitude to: Pavel Ivanovich Batov.Grand Marshal Batov is a man who defied the circumstances he and his comrades found themselves trapped in. When his enemies were reckless and aggressive, Batov had a knack for putting his thoughts before his actions. While some warlords considered no price to be high enough if the reunification of Russia was concerned, Batov took great care to not put his men in unnecessary danger. His refusal to stoop to the level of his foes did not impede his progress, and now the so-called "Modern Suvorov" finds himself at the helm of a renewed Russian state.Batov, however, takes little comfort now that the guns have fallen silent. His greatest test yet, the reclamation of Russia's heartland from the Nazi scourge, lies ahead, and the Grand Marshal lies awake at night thinking of the brutality such a titanic conflict is likely to bring about. Worse still, Batov holds lingering doubts that his subordinates share the same vision for Russia as he does.For now, however, Pavel Batov will continue on as he always has: with an unwavering loyalty to Russia and her people."

Biography[edit | edit source]

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Pavel Ivanovich Batov was born on May 20, 1897 in the village of Felisovo, Yaroslavl, into a poor peasant family. Educated in the village, he would graduate from a two-year rural primary school.

From the age of 13 he lived in St. Petersburg, where he got a job at the Leonov trading house, initially working as a loader and deliverer of purchases to the apartments of wealthy citizens, It was during this time that he also engaged in self-education. He would eventually pass in 6 classes.

World War 1 and Russian Civil War[edit | edit source]

In November 1915, he was drafted as a volunteer into the ranks of the Russian Imperial Army and sent to the Life Guards 3rd Rifle Regiment of the Guards Rifle Brigade , where he graduated from the training team.

Since 1916, he took part in the fighting of the First World War on the Northern Front , serving as commander of a reconnaissance squad. For distinction in battles he was awarded two St. George's crosses and two medals. In the fall of 1916 he was wounded, after which he was sent to Petrograd for treatment.

In 1917 he would graduate from training at the 2nd Peterhof Warrant Officer School. In the same year he was demobilized from the ranks of the Russian Imperial Army with the rank of junior non-commissioned officer.

In August 1918, he was drafted into the Red Army and participated in the Russian Civil War. Batov would serve as assistant commander of a machine gun platoon of the 1st Soviet Rifle Regiment. From October 1918 onwards, he would be assistant military leader for march formations at the Rybinsk military registration and enlistment office. In October 1919, he would be appointed assistant military leader of the Reserve command and control personnel of the Moscow Military District. During the Civil War, Batov would take part in the suppression of anti-Soviet protests and riots in Rybinsk, Yaroslavl and Poshekhonye.

From November 1919, he served as assistant commander and commander of a rifle company of the Rybinsk guard battalion and by May 1920 company commander and battalion commander of the 320th Infantry Regiment in the Moscow Proletarian Rifle Division.

Inter-War Years[edit | edit source]

After the end of the Civil War, Pavel Ivanovich Batov continued to command a battalion in the Moscow Proletarian Rifle Division  . From January 1922 - commander of rifle battalions in the 157th and 52nd rifle regiments , battalion adjutant and head of the regimental school in the 18th rifle division of the Moscow Military District (Yaroslavl).

In 1926, he was chosen to attend the Vystrel Officer's School the same year, where he met many future senior officers of the wartime Red Army. He joined the Communist Party in 1929

In 1927 he graduated from the Officer's School, and subsequently he continued to serve in the 18th Infantry Division. In 1929 he joined the Communist Party of Bolsheviks. In January 1931, he was appointed chief of staff of the 52nd Infantry Regiment in this division.

Batov soon received the "Sign of Honour" medal, and completed the Frunze Academy by correspondence course.

In January 1934 - commander of the 3rd Infantry Regiment in the Moscow Proletarian Rifle Division. A junior subordinate who served at that time under the command of Batov, admitted in his diary.

And then, when I decided my fate by choosing a profession, none other than Pavel Ivanovich Batov helped me understand this, so to speak, theoretically, speculatively. It was he who, in the first year of my service in the Moscow Proletarian Division, often involving me in staff work, revealed to me the high and noble meaning of the activity of a career commander, the military profession.

From December 1936 to August 1937 under the pseudonym Pablo Fritz, he would be sent as a volunteer to the Spanish Civil War, where he took part in the fight against the Francoist rebels on the Republican side. He held the position of military advisor in the 12th International Brigade under the command of Hungarian Communist Mate Zalka, and then the position of advisor to the commander of the Teruel Front. According to Batov, during one of the reconnaissance missions, he was serverely wounded and lost a lot of blood. Despite this he recovered and would fight battles at Jarama, Guadalajara and on the Aragon front, where he was wounded again.

After returning from Spain, Batov was awarded the Orders of Lenin and the Red Banner and in August 1937 was appointed to the post of commander of the 10th Rifle Corps, and in August 1938 he would be appointed to the post of commander of the 3rd Rifle Corps. In this position, he took part in the Polish campaign of the Red Army in September 1939, as well as in the Soviet-Finnish War.

On March 6, 1940, he was appointed commander of the Special Rifle Corps , operating as part of the 9th Army. By April 1940 - he was promoted to the post of deputy commander of the Transcaucasian Military District, in November 1940 - to the post of commander of the 9th Special Rifle Corps in Crimea, and on June 20, 1941 - simultaneously to the post of commander of ground forces in Crimea.

World War 2 and West Russian War[edit | edit source]