Nikolai Vasiliev
Nikoali Vasiliev
Historical Figure
Nationality: Soviet Union (born in the Russian Empire)
Date of Birth: 1900
Date of Death: 1971
Occupation: Soldier
Military Branch: Red Army (World War II)
Turtledove Appearances:
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): Tilting the Balance
Striking the Balance
Type of Appearance: Direct
Date of Death: 1944
Cause of Death: Crushed to death
Military Branch: Red Army (WWII, Race Invasion of Tosev 3)
Nikolai Alexeivich Vasiliev (27 July 1900 - 27 October 1971) was a general in the Soviet Red Army during World War II.

Nikolai Vasiliev in WorldwarEdit

Nikolai Vasiliev (1900-1944) was a Soviet brigadier general during World War II and the Race Invasion. His unit was overrun by German forces near Pskov early in the war, and, along with Aleksandr German, he commanded guerrilla operations against German forces in the region. After the Race's Conquest Fleet landed, German and Vasiliev began cooperating with German commander Kurt Chill in holding the Race out of the area. German and Vasiliev, recognizing that Chill was senior to them and had more experience commanding such actions, submitted to his command, although only under the condition that a group of stranded British fliers, led by George Bagnall, would be the final arbiters of any decision. Nonetheless, the relationship between the Russians and Chill was tumultuous at best.

Vasiliev was killed when Lizard rockets hit the Krom, the ancient castle of Pskov that served as headquarters, crushing him and Chill. This sudden decapitation of both Russian and German leadership caused both factions to prepare to fight each other again, prompting the British to leave Pskov.