Lin Biao
Historical Figure
Nationality: People's Republic of China (born in the Qing Dynasty)
Date of Birth: 1907
Date of Death: 1971
Cause of Death: Died in a Plane Crash
Religion: Atheist
Occupation: Revolutionary
Spouse: Ye Qun
Children: Lin Liguo, Lin Liheng
Military Branch: People's Liberation Army (Chinese Civil War, World War II)
Political Party: Chinese Communist Party
Political Office(s): Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China
Fictional Appearances:
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): Second Contact
Type of Appearance: Direct
Military Branch: People's Liberation Army (WWII, Race Invasion of Tosev 3)

Lin Biao (林彪) (5 December 1907 – 13 September 1971) was a Chinese soldier and revolutionary. In the 1920s he commanded a battalion in Chiang Kai-Shek's army, but when Communists were expelled from the Kuomintang he resigned and escaped the KMT lines to join Mao Tse-Tung and Chu Teh as the Chinese Civil War began.

After the civil war ended in Communist victory, Lin Biao at first did not play a prominent role in PRC politics. Poor health was cited; some later biographers have suggested that Lin's debilitating conditions were mental rather than physical. During the 1960s, however, his star rose very quickly in Beijing. In 1965 he became Vice Premier of the PRC, behind only Mao himself and Chou En-Lai, and was designated by Mao as the Chairman's successor.

However, during the Cultural Revolution, he fell out of the mercurial Mao's favor. After rumors linked either Lin or his son Lin Liguo to plans for a coup d'etat against Mao, Lin believed himself to be in extreme danger of a violent purge and, fearing for his life, apparently attempted to defect to the Soviet Union. His airplane suffered engine failure and crashed near Ondorkhaan, a small town in Mongolia. The accident killed everyone on board. Rumors persist that the plane was sabotaged before takeoff by Mao's agents.

Lin Biao in Worldwar[]

Lin Piao[1] was a valued member of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee and enjoyed the confidence of Mao Tse-Tung to such an extent that Mao briefed him privately on classified matters even before he brought them to the Central Committee's attention. For instance, in 1963, Lin knew that Soviet General Secretary Vyacheslav Molotov was drastically reducing military aid to the CCP before the rest of the Committee learned of this at Fengchen.[2]


  1. The spelling Harry Turtledove uses.
  2. Second Contact, pgs. 160-163.
Political offices
Preceded by
Peng Dehuai
Minister of National Defense of the People's Republic of China
Succeeded by
Ye Jianying
Preceded by
Chen Yun
First-ranking Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China
Succeeded by
Deng Xiaoping
Party political offices
Preceded by
Liu Shaoqi
Zhou Enlai
Zhu De
Chen Yun
Vice Chairman of the Communist Party of China
Served alongside: (until 1966) Liu Shaoqi, Zhou Enlai, Zhu De, Chen Yun
Succeeded by
Zhou Enlai
Kang Sheng
Li Desheng
Wang Hongwen
Ye Jianying