"Lady Death" Visits the Bay

In 1941, Lyudmila Pavlichenko joined the Red Army to defend the Fatherland from invading Nazis. She didn't enlist as a secretary or nurse, rather she joined the 54th Rifle Regiment and became the most successful woman sniper of World War II with over 300 official kills. She was a graduate student in History at Kiev University when she left to fight on the front lines. Perhaps because of her academic training, she kept a diary writing whenever she could about the soldiers' situation during battles at Sevastopol and Odessa, her situation as a woman on the front-lines and officer, and later, her publicity tour of England and the United States. In the 1960s Pavlichenko began working on her memoirs using her diaries and military knowledge. Unfortunately, she died before they could be published and it wasn't until 2015 that her memoirs were published in Russia. Lady Death: The Memoirs of Stalin's Sniper, an English translation of her memoirs, was finally published in the Un…

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