Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

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Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

After the start of World War II in June 1941, hundreds of thousands of Soviet women went to the front as nurses, cooks and snipers. More than 2 thousand women were trained on sniper courses and were sent to the most dangerous sectors of the front. The dictum “We mowed down the Nazis as a ripe grain”, made the title of this post, belongs to the Hero of the Soviet Union, sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko.

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Lyudmila Pavlichenko at the position near Sevastopol, June 6, 1942.
Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain
Lyudmila Pavlichenko was born in the city of Belaya Tserkov, Kiev province (Kyiv region of modern Ukraine). Hearing a neighbor boy bragging about her success at the shooting range, Lyudmila began to learn how to shoot a gun.

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Lyudmila Pavlichenko at the position near Sevastopol, June 6, 1942.
Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain
When the Great Patriotic War began, Pavlichenko, who at that time was a student of the history department of the Taras Shevchenko Kyiv State University, went to the front as a volunteer.
Pavlichenko did not agree to the role of a nurse, and insisted that she be recorded in snipers. Then Ludmila was handed a gun and, as a test, was asked to shoot two Romanians who worked with the Germans from the hill which the Red Army held. Pavlichenko easily coped with this task, and soon she was enrolled in the ranks of the 25th Chapaevsky Infantry Division.

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Lyudmila Pavlichenko during the defense of Sevastopol, June 6, 1942.
Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain
In the first months of the war, Lyudmila Pavlichenko participated in border battles in the Moldavian SSR and in the defense of Odessa, and then was transferred to the defense of Sevastopol. Pavlichenko was injured four times, and in the end, after hitting a fragment in the head, she was barred from participating in hostilities. After rehabilitation, Lyudmila Pavlichenko trained future snipers and participated in campaigning.
In less than one year of service, Pavlichenko eliminated 309 enemy soldiers and officers, including 36 snipers.Pavlichenko is considered the most outstanding female sniper in world history.

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Lyudmila Pavlichenko during a visit to Washington, DC, USA, 1942.
Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain
In 1942, Lyudmila Pavlichenko was sent to the USA, Canada and the UK as part of the Soviet delegation. During their visit to the US, journalists covered Pavlichenko with absurd, tactless questions regarding her style, hair and makeup on the battlefield.

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Lyudmila Pavlichenko in Washington with other members of the Soviet delegation, 1942.
Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain
At first, Lyudmila behaved restrained, but when her patience began to dry out, she began to ask the Americans counter uncomfortable questions:
“Gentlemen, I'm 25 years old. At the front, I had already managed to destroy 309 fascist invaders. Do you think, gentlemen, that you have been hiding behind my back for too long? ”

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Lyudmila Pavlichenko and workers near Odessa, August 9, 1944.
Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain
Upon her return to the USSR, Lyudmila Pavlichenko received the title of Hero of the Soviet Union. Until the end of the war, Pavlichenko trained snipers, and then continued her studies at Kiev University.

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Sniper Lyuba Makarova on the Kalininsky front, 1943.
Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

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May 6, 1942.
Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

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Sniper Liza Mironova, 1943.
Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

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Female snipers of the Red Army, 1943.
Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

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1943
Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

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Sniper Anastasia Stepanova during the Battle of Stalingrad, 1942.
Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

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Woman sniper at Stalingrad, 1942.
Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

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Snipers Bykov and Skrypnikova returned from a combat mission, November 24, 1943.
Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

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Nina Lobovskaya, commander of a female company of snipers, who participated in the Berlin offensive operation, December 31, 1944.
Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

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Soviet women snipers in East Prussia, February 1945.

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  • Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain

    Soviet women snipers: We mowed down the Nazis, like mature grain