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On November 29, 1969, Yakov Grigorevich Kreizer, the Soviet army general who commanded the Third Army in the Battle of Moscow and led forces in the defense of both Stalingrad and Smolensk, died. Promoted in 1962 to the rank of general of the army (equivalent to field marshal in the British army), Kreizer was the only Jewish officer to reach such a status in the period following Stalin's great purge (1936-39).