Full Name 51 Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic
Alliance Soviet Union - Minor Member Nation or Possession
Possessing Power Russia
Entry into WW2 22 Jun 1941
Population in 1939 3,610,000
Military Deaths in WW2 190,000
Civilian Deaths in WW2 110,000


ww2dbaseIn Feb 1921, the newly independent nation of Georgia was conquered by the Red Army. Georgia was a state within the Transcaucasian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic for most of the inter-war years, but in 1936 it became a Soviet republic on its own. Joseph Stalin, born Ioseb Jughashvili, was the most prominent Georgian of the era, and his rise meant that fellow Georgians such as Lavrentiy Beria and Vsevolod Merkulov were brought to powerful positions. During WW2, Georgia was among the targets of the German Case Blue (Fall Blau) offensive in 1942, which aimed to seize the oilfields of the Caucasus region, but Axis troops were stopped before reaching Georgian borders. Between 1941 and 1945, about 700,000 ethnic Georgians served in the Soviet forces (about 190,000 of them were be killed in action); a significant number served on the German side, although that number was far fewer than that of the Soviet forces. After the war, Georgia remained a Soviet republic until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia

Last Major Update: Apr 2013

Beria, LavrentiyMerkulov, Vsevolod
Loladze, ShalvaStalin, Joseph

Events Taken Place in Georgia
Deportation of Caucasian, Altaic, and Turkish Peoples1 Jan 1940 - 29 Dec 1944


7.5 cm Gebirgsgeschütz 36 mountain gun and crew, Mount Elbrus, Georgia, date unknown; note Ushba peak in backgroundGerman mountain soldier with MG 34 machine gun, Mount Elbrus, Georgia, date unknown; note Ushba peak at right edge of photograph

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1. TOM says:
11 Apr 2013 03:45:23 AM

I spent a year in Georgia and was walking down the main street of Tbilisi when an old guy wearing military decorations on his jacket spoke to me in German. I do speak some German so I stopped to chat with him (FYI: Discovered that many Europeans will address what they believe to be Americans in German because so many Americans know some German - while they do not know English). He has been a member of the Russian Army of Occupation in Germany for 3 years (45 - 48 I think). He was more fluent than I so I couldn't go into a deep conversation with him.
2. No one says:
4 May 2016 12:23:23 PM

A Fact
Georgian soldier was the last one, who raised USSR flag. After that, we won.
3. Anonymous says:
21 Dec 2017 03:38:00 AM

I'm Georgian, and when I see that my grandfather of part of it, I'm so proud. and sad at the same time. I'm proud to be Georgian
4. Mikheil Talakhadze says:
27 Jan 2021 12:16:54 PM

My name is Mikheil talakhadze

My grandfather also Mikheil talakhadze was 20 years old an he was at war 1945, he survived.

My grandmothers's father Bitsadze Levanti 37 years old also was at war, he Lost without a trace

I am proud of them

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