Soviet Women Snipers of WWII: The Russian Female Soldiers Who Terrified the Germans

When German forces invaded the Soviet Union during World War II, thousands of Soviet women joined the Soviet army. Around 800,000 women served in the Red Army during the war as snipers, pilots, machine gunners, and a large number were stationed in medical units. These sniper ladies played a keen role on the battlefield.

Tanks, Machine guns, and semi-automatic weapons provided abundant hitting power, but the army also required a unit of special long-range shooters with accurate results. The Soviet Army recruited and trained more than 2000 women as sharpshooters and deployed to some of the most dangerous battlegrounds.

One of them was Lyudmila Pavlichenko, dubbed ‘Lady Death’, who knocked out 309 German soldiers. She also trained many female snipers until the end of the war. Former kindergarten teacher Tanya Baramzina notched 16 kills on the Belorussian Front before parachuting behind enemy lines, where she killed another 20 before being captured and executed. Another snipper lady named, Roza Shanina, was also responsible for 59-confirmed kills.

Take a look at these brave and lethal Soviet ladies.

Written by Aung Budhh

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