Tuesday April 17th, 2012 - Lyudmila Pavlichenko

  • Titerest: Born in Ukraine in 1916, Lyudmila Pavlichenko and her family moved to Kiev where she studied history and joined a shooting club. In 1941, while studying for her doctorate, Nazi Germany attacked the Soviet Union. Pavlichenko was among the first to volunteer and was assigned to an infantry unit, where after rejecting the offer to become a nurse she became one of 2000 Soviet female snipers.

  • Titerest: During her service in the Red Army she became one of the most successful snipers in military history with 309 confirmed kills. She also became an iconic figure for the Soviet war effort leading her to tour the United States and even meet FDR in 1942 after being wounded by mortar fire in combat. She stated that her tour of the US had been a confusing experience especially due to one reporter in Washington DC criticizing the length of her skirt and saying her uniform made her look fat.

  • Titerest: I don't know about you, but this is one lady I would not want to insinuate being fat. Due to her injuries sustained in 1942 she never returned to combat but became an instructor for the remaining time of her military service. She finished her carrier in the military in the rank of major and was awarded the Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union, the highest honor a Soviet soldier could receive.

  • Titerest: Woody Guthrie released a song entitled Miss Pavlichenko (http://bit.ly/b4YFRM).

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