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Aleksei Petrovich Mares’ev

Aleksei Mares’ev, USSR Colonel.

Background

  • Mares’ev, Aleksei was born in 1916.

  • Education

    • Graduated from the Higher Party Political School of the Central.

    Career

    • Joined the Red Army, 1937. Fighter pilot during World War II. Shot down over enemy territory, March 1942. Heavily wounded, crawled for 18 days back to the front-lines.

      Both legs were amputated, but he returned to service with artificial legs, and continued to serve as a fighter pilot. Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 1952. Secretary of the Soviet War Veterans Association, 1956, and Vice-chairman, 1983.

      Became a cult figure in the post-war years. B. Polevoi’s biography of him, Povesl' о Nastoiashchem Cheloveke, Moscow, 1946, was later turned into a film.

    Religion

    Religious leaders contribute to secular and religious wars by endorsing or supporting the violence.

    Views

    The emphasis on peaceful coexistence doesn’t mean that the Soviet Union accepted a static world with clear lines. Socialism is inevitable and the "correlations of forces" were moving towards socialism.

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