Tsaezar Kunikov

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Tsezar Lvovich Kunikov
Born(1909-06-23)June 23, 1909
Rostov on Don, Russian Empire
DiedFebruary 14, 1943(1943-02-14) (aged 33)
Gelendzhik, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Allegiance Soviet Union
Service/branchSoviet Naval Infantry
Years of service1941–1943
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsHero of the Soviet Union

Ts(a)ezar (Caesar) Lvovich Kunikov (Russian: Це́зарь Льво́вич Ку́ников) (June 23, 1909 – February 14, 1943) was an officer in the Soviet Naval Infantry. He served as commanding officer of a landing party that recaptured the beach-head at Malaya Zemlya during World War II.

He was mortally wounded in the battle, and was posthumously named a Hero of the Soviet Union for his heroic actions.

Kunikov was born in Rostov on Don in a Jewish family. His father was an engineer and moved to Moscow in 1925. Kunikov worked in the Soyuz factory as a machinist. In 1932, he began studies at the Bauman Moscow State Technical University, and held the position of a technical manager in a machine building factory by 1938.

At the start of the war Kunikov volunteered for the Red Army and served in the Naval infantry of the Black Sea Fleet. Kunikov fought in the battle for Novorossiysk and the defence of Malaya Zemlya. He was mortally wounded in February 1943 in Novorossiysk.