Army General Margelov was called one of the world’s most talented commanders. During the Great Patriotic War he commanded rifle units, participated in the forced crossing of the Dnieper and liberation of Kherson. In 1944, being a major general, Hero of the USSR, commander of the 49th Guards Rifle Division, he participated in the Iasi-Kishinev operation, liberating Bendery from the Nazi invaders.
The hero was awarded 60 medals and orders for his feats. The creation of the post-war Soviet Airborne Forces owe much to the efforts of one man, Army General Vasily Margelov, so much so that the abbreviation of VDV in the Airborne Forces is sometimes waggishly interpreted as “Войска дяди Васи”, “Uncle Vasya’s Troops”.
Vasily Margelov put his heart, experience and commander’s talent into the airborne troops. He managed to turn the airborne troops into an elite, bring up and train the soldiers for whom there were no impossible missions.