Soviet women snipers, "We mowed the Nazis, as the mature grain"

• Soviet women snipers, "We mowed the Nazis as a mature seed"

After the start of the Great Patriotic War in June 1941, hundreds of thousands of Soviet women went to the front nurses, cooks and snipers. More than 2 million women have been trained in the sniper courses and were sent to the most dangerous sections of the front. Saying "We mowed the Nazis, as the mature grain" in the headline of this post belongs to the Hero of the Soviet Union and sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko.

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Lyudmila Pavlichenko in position at Sevastopol, June 6, 1942.

Lyudmila Pavlichenko was born in the province of Kiev White Church (Kyiv region of modern Ukraine). Hearing the neighbor boy shows off his success at the shooting range, Ludmila began to learn to shoot a gun.

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Lyudmila Pavlichenko in position at Sevastopol, June 6, 1942.

When the Great Patriotic War, Pavlichenko, which at that time was a student of the historical faculty of the Kyiv State University named after Taras Shevchenko, went to the front as a volunteer.

Pavlicenco did not agree on the role of nurses and insisted that it recorded in the snipers. Then Ludmilla handed a gun and as a testing assignment were asked to shoot the two worked with the Germans, Romanians from the hill that holds the Red Army. Pavlicenco easily cope with this problem, and soon it enlisted in the ranks of the 25th Chapaev Rifle Division.

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Lyudmila Pavlichenko during the defense of Sevastopol, June 6, 1942.

In the first months of the war Lyudmila Pavlichenko he was involved in border battles in the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic and in the defense of Odessa, and then was transferred to the defense of Sevastopol. Pavlicenco four injured, and in the end after being hit in the head fragment was barred from participating in the hostilities. After rehabilitation Lyudmila Pavlichenko train future snipers and participated in the campaign.

In less than one year of service Pavlicenco eliminated 309 enemy soldiers and officers, including 36 snipers. Pavlichenko is considered the most prominent female sniper in history.

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Lyudmila Pavlichenko during a visit to Washington, DC, USA, 1942.

In 1942, Lyudmila Pavlichenko was sent to the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom as part of the Soviet delegation. During his visit to the United States, journalists peppered Pavlicenco ridiculous, tactless questions relating to her style, hair and make-up on the battlefield.

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Lyudmila Pavlichenko in Washington with other members of the Soviet delegation, 1942.

At first, Ludmila behaved restrained, but when her patience beginning to dry out, she began to ask Americans to counter uncomfortable questions:

"Gentlemen, I'm 25 years old. At the front, I had already destroyed 309 Nazis. Do not you think, gentlemen, that you too long to hide behind my back? ".

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Lyudmila Pavlichenko and women near Odessa, August 9, 1944.

Upon his return to the USSR Lyudmila Pavlichenko he was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union. Until the end of the war Pavlicenco preparing snipers, and then continued her studies at the University of Kiev.

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Sniper Lyuba Makarova on the Kalinin Front, 1943.

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May 6, 1942.

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Sniper Lisa Mironova, 1943.

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Women snipers Red Army in 1943.

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1943.

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Sniper Anastasia Stepanova, in the days of the Battle of Stalingrad, 1942.

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A female sniper at Stalingrad, 1942.

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Snipers Bykov Skrypnikova returning from a mission, November 24, 1943.

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Nina Lobovsky commander female sniper company, which participated in the Berlin offensive, December 31, 1944.

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Soviet female snipers in East Prussia, in February 1945.