This article is about the historical communist dictator of Czechoslovakia. For the minor fictional character in The Hot War: Bombs Away, see Klement Gottwald (Fictional Character)

Klement Gottwald
Historical Figure
Nationality: Czechoslovakia (born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire)
Date of Birth: 1896
Date of Death: 1953
Cause of Death: Heart disease
Religion: None (atheist)
Occupation: Soldier, Cabinet maker, Publisher, politician
Spouse: Marta Gottwaldová
Military Branch: Austro-Hungarian Army (World War I),
Czechoslovak Army (1918-1920)
Political Party: Communist Party of Czechoslovakia
Political Office(s): Legislator,
President and Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia
Fictional Appearances:
The Hot War
POD: November, 1950
Appearance(s): Fallout
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Political Office(s): President of Czechoslovakia

Klement Gottwald (23 November 1896 – 14 March 1953) was a Czechoslovak communist politician and longtime leader of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia (KSČ). He was Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia from 1946 to 1948 and President from 1948 to 1953. A willing puppet of Joseph Stalin, Gottwald came to power through a political coup in 1948, using the implicit threat of Soviet military intervention to force incumbent President Edvard Beneš to cede power to the communists and ultimately resign. At Stalin's direction, Gottwald introduced purges and tightened his grip on the country.

Gottwald remained devoted to Stalin until the end. On 9 March 1953, after attending Stalin's funeral, one of Gottwald's arteries burst, and he died on 14 March.

Klement Gottwald in The Hot War[]

Klement Gottwald was the Soviet-backed leader of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic during World War III. It was understood, however, that Gottwald was beholden to Joseph Stalin, as Czechoslovakia still hadn't gotten used to communist rule.[1]


  1. Fallout, Loc. 1968, ebook.
Political offices
Preceded by
Zdeněk Fierlinger
Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia
2 July 1946 – 15 June 1948
Succeeded by
Antonín Zápotocký
Preceded by
Edvard Beneš
President of Czechoslovakia
14 June 1948 – 14 March 1953
Party political offices
Preceded by
Bohumil Jílek
General Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia
1927 – 1945
Succeeded by
Rudolf Slánský
Preceded by
Chairman of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia
April 1945 – 14 March 1953
Succeeded by
Antonín Novotný
as First Secretary