Kliment Voroshilov Biography
Birthday: February 4, 1881 (Aquarius)
Born In: Bakhmut, Ukraine
Kliment Yefremovich Voroshilov, better known as Klim Voroshilov, was an important military and political figure in Soviet Russia during the Stalin era. He became one of the first five marshals, which was the highest rank in the military of the Soviet Union. Originally from the Yekaterinoslav Governorate, Voroshilov became a member of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party in 1905. After the Russian Revolution of 1917, he joined the Ukrainian Council of People's Commissars. In 1918, he served alongside Joseph Stalin during the Red Army's defence of Tsaritsyn. During the Russian Civil War and the Polish-Soviet War, he served as a commander, and then in the inter-war period, he was appointed People's Commissar for Defence of the Soviet Union. During World War II, from 1941 to 1944, he served as a member of the State Defense Committee. However, his abysmal performance in the disastrous Winter War severely reduced his influence and power in the Soviet administration. Voroshilov was appointed the commander of the short-lived Northwestern Direction following the German invasion of the Soviet Union. After the war, he was made the Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, a post he held from 1953 to 1960.