|Born||August 1, 1915|
Kiev, Soviet Union
|Died||March 12, 2000|
Moscow, Soviet Union
|Key Conflicts||World War II|
|Key Battles||Niemen River Incident|
Battle of Mozhaisk
WWII Career Edit
Makiev was born in 1915 in the Ukraine SSR to peasants from Kiev. Makiev joined the Red Army in 1939, and he joined the SSU, a Soviet sniper unit that trained marksmen for action. He murdered Sidorov Ludvig, who was a spy for the Nazi Germans, and Ivan Petrovsky, who was leading anti-Soviet riots. Makiev was promoted to Master in 1940, and he assisted spies in finding out about German activities by shooting assassins who tried to kill them at the Polish-Russian Border.
Makiev's first action in World War II was during Operation Barbarossa, in which he was responsible for the killing of General Schole Harsein, the leader of the 7th Panzer Division, at the Niemen River crossing. Makiev also took part in the Uman Raid, killing six German guards at the Uman Food Reprocessing Plant. Makiev continued service in the operation, his last battle during the campaign being at Mozhaysk, where he assisted in picking off retreating Wehrmacht soldiers.
Makiev fought in the Moscow Counteroffensive in December 1941-January 1942, and earned more sniper kills. However, he saw no lucrative service for the rest of the war, save for fighting at the Siege of Stalingrad in 1942-1943. Makiev was one of the soldiers in the 2nd Byelorussian Front, fighting on the German Front, and was one of the men at Torgau at the end of the war.
Postwar Career Edit
Makiev continued service as a soldier, and became a drill instructor for the SSU in 1948. He trained North Vietnamese cadets in 1955, and saw service in the Vietnam War as a military advisor for the Vietcong. Makiev killed three American soldiers in the Battle of Hue City, but was wounded, and he retired from military service in 1973. He became the Minister of the SSU, and trained Soviet soldiers until his final retirement in 1986. Makiev died in a Moscow veterans' home in 2000 of skin cancer, leaving behind a fortune and several medals, including Hero of the Soviet Union.