When Germany invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941, hundreds of thousands of Soviet women sprang to join the war effort, enlisting as nurses, clerks, cooks — and snipers.
The women trained as snipers soon found themselves on the front, often hunting their prey amid cities ruined by siege. Snipers usually worked in pairs. Together, they found a place to hide away from the main Soviet forces.
Roza Shanina was a Soviet sniper during World War II who was credited with fifty-nine confirmed kills, including twelve soldiers during the Battle of Vilnius. Shanina volunteered for the military after the death of her brother in 1941 and chose to be a marksman on the front line.
Women snipers were also found throughout the ruins of the city, as well as many other battlefields throughout the Eastern Front. Well, here we have a glimpse at those Soviet women snipers, in a series of colourized photos. All of these women here fought for their country in a successful attempt to save it from the German attacks.
The commitment of Soviet women in World War II, by their number and their role is an unprecedented event in the history of the world. More than 100,000 of them …
Russian women, not only snipers, have been a principal protagonist of glorious history of the URSS. Now they have to stay side by side to the russian men because Russia need them. I feel great admiration for the russian woman, maybe the russian man …
Around 800,000 women, including Roza Shanina (pictured), served in the Soviet Armed Forces during the war as snipers, pilots, machine gunners and a large number were stationed in medical units
Hero of the Soviet Union Maj. Lyudmila M. Pavlichenko was the top-scoring woman sniper of all time, with 309 confirmed kills, of which 36 were enemy snipers. More typical was the experience of Privates Mariya S. Polivanova and Natalya V. Kovshova, a spotter and sniper team killed in action together near Novgorod on August 14, 1943.
This small town girl became one of the deadliest snipers of World War II, and became a hero in the process. Like many young people in the Soviet Union It is plain to see that with American