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Pietro Maximoff (Giovinezza)

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Pietro Maximoff
Pietro Maximoff (Giovinezza)
Birth name Petru Maximoff
Born January 12, 1907
Bolzan, Austria-Hungary
Died September 7, 1974
Buried at Bolzano, Italy
Allegiance Flag of Italy (1861-1946) Kingdom of Italy
Flag of German Reich (1935–1945) Nazi Germany
Years of service Royal Italian Army: 1935-1943;1944-1946 Wehrmacht/National Italian Army: 1943-1944
Pietro Maximoff (Born Petru Maximoff, January 12, 1907 - September 7, 1974) was an Austrian marksman who played a big role in the "Second Risorgimento" during WWII. Using a German-made Kar98k, Maximoff had a total of 412 confirmed kills on enemy soldiers during the war, one of the highest marksman kill counts of any major war. He was instrumental in helping the Italian resistance during its invasion of Italy.

He was, however, sentenced to ten years in prison for his collaboration with the Nazis but escaped imprisonment after a four month period and fled to Portugal, where he would live out the rest of his days, not being pardoned for his crimes until 1981.

Early Life

Maximoff was born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1907 to a half-Romani, half-Austrian father and a German mother. His father died during World War I and was subsequently raised by his Uncle, who would routinely take him hunting. He was conscripted to fight in the Second Italo-Ethiopian war, and also saw some action during the Spanish Civil War.

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