Lady Killers Female Russian Snipers of WWII

Just because women can do the job (they certainly can) does not mean they should.


During World War Two, some of the most brutal fighting took place on the more than 1000-mile long Eastern Front. All along this oft-frozen wasteland, in the midst of the largest combined arms tank vs. tank battles ever seen, snipers crawled through the rubble looking for targets of opportunity. Some 2000 of these were Soviet women. Here are some of the best.

Ludmila Mihaylovna Pavlichenko

Pavlinchenko with SVVT40
(Lyudmila shown later in the war as a Major at the sniper school. She is wearing a camoflauge cape and is armed with a SVT40 rifle. During her active career in the Ukraine she used a Mosin Nagant M91/30 with a PU scope)

A 24-year old university student and amateur sharpshooter when the war began, Lyudmila joined the 54th Stephan Razin Rifles Regiment of the 25th Chapayev Rifle Division and soon found herself in hot action in the Ukraine. In just 14 months she was…

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