Soviet military commander
Vasily Konstantinovich Blyukher (December 1, 1889 – November 9, 1938), also spelled Blücher, was a Russian-Soviet military commander and Marshal of the Soviet Union from 1935 until his death (under torture by the NKVD) in 1938.
- War as a whole, and each operation taken separately, are first of all mathematics and calculations.
- Quoted in Jonathan Fenby; Chiang Kai Shek: China's Generalissimo and the Nation He Lost
- War is not included in the Second Five-Year Plan.
- Blyukher at the XVII Congress of the CPSU(b), 8 February 1934 
- A shark has appeared and he wants to devour me. Either he devours me or I eat him. The latter is very unlikely.
- Blyukher describing Lev Mekhlis to his wife, shortly before his arrest in 1938. Quoted in Simon Sebag Montefiore, Stalin: Court of the Red Tsar.
- What dirt, what bitterness, what meanness...
- Blyukher during his interrogation by the NKVD in 1938. Quoted in Paweł Wieczorkiewicz, Noty biograficzne w: Fenomen Stalina, Warsaw, 1988.
Quotes about BlyukherEdit
- An outstanding Russian general as well as a reasonable man and a good friend. What was most unusual about him was that he had none of the traits associated with Bolsheviks.
- Chiang Kai-shek, quoted in Jonathan Fenby; Chiang Kai Shek: China's Generalissimo and the Nation He Lost
- Thousands of miles from Moscow, commanded - apparently with a free hand - by the most capable of all Soviet generals, Marshal Vasili Galen-Blücher, the Far Eastern Army is easily the most efficient and the most formidable military force at the command of the Soviet government.
- The raid made by Comrade Blyukher's forces under impossible conditions can only be equated with Suvorov's crossings in Switzerland.
- Citation for Blyukher's decoration and promotion after his division's successful crossing of the Urals during the Russian Civil War.