In the midst of the Second World War, many of the most important leaders of the Soviet Union did not hesitate to send their sons to fight, along with the rest of the ordinary soldiers, on the fronts against the Germans. In the midst of this global conflict, Yakov Dzhugashvili, the son of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, lost his life in a German prison in 1943. Moreover, during the same year, communist official Nikita Khrouchtchev received a shock after hearing about the killing of his pilot son Leonid Khruschev, who was killed in action.
Meanwhile, a number of international communist officials and personalities, residing in other countries, sent their sons to defend the Soviet Union, as they believed in the inevitability of communism demise if the Germans entered Moscow. Among these figures, history mentions the founder of the People’s Republic of China, Mao Zedong, whose son Mao Anying moved to Soviet lands to repel the German advance.
A portrait of the founder of the People’s Republic of China, Mao Zedong
In addition, Mao Anying, born on October 24, 1922 and ranked as the eldest of Mao Zedong’s children, had a difficult childhood. From the start, the latter’s family faced numerous harassment at the hands of nationalists throughout the 1920s. Mao Anying was forced to separate early from his father, who had escaped the clutches of the Nationalists.
In 1930, this 8-year-old boy lost his mother, Yang Kaihi, who was executed by the Nationalists. Thus, this boy found himself lost and homeless on the streets of Shanghai.
By 1936, Mao Zedong was able to locate his son. Immediately, this communist leader, in the midst of the civil war, set out to send his eldest child to the Soviet Union, where he was well received and treated before being sent to a shelter designated for orphans of fallen communist fighters.
A portrait of Mao Anying, son of the founder of the People’s Republic of China
US air strikes
With the beginning of the German invasion of Soviet lands on June 22, 1941, Mao Anying attempted to enlist in the Red Army after a busy study journey between the Lenin Military Political Academy and the Moscow Military Academy. By 1944, the latter was officially accepted into the Soviet army, after his father Mao Zedong agreed to that, to be sent later to the front to battle the Germans, who had suffered heavy defeats in Stalingrad and Kursk.
In addition, Mao Anying participated in the liberation of Poland from the Nazis before he was later transferred to the Far East to participate in the Soviet military intervention against Japan during the month of August 1945. Thanks to his bravery on the battlefield, the latter won many Soviet decorations.
Portrait of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin
With the end of World War II, Mao Anying returned to his homeland, China, to take part in his father’s remnants of the civil war and witness the proclamation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.
During his military career, Mao Anying survived the Japanese, German and Chinese nationalists to his death in 1950 at the hands of the Americans. During the Korean War, the son of the founder of the People’s Republic of China joined the regiment of Chinese volunteers sent to fight on the Korean Peninsula. There, the latter was killed during a bombing by American planes on November 25, 1950, with napalm bombs.