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Osprey Elite 90 : Heroines of the Soviet Union 1941-1945

When the Great Patriotic War began many women volunteered for the armed forces, but most of them were rejected. They were steered towards nursing or other supportive roles. Many determined women managed to enter combat by first volunteering as field medics and nurses, then simply picking up a gun during the battle, and charging boldly into the line of fire. In the area of aviation, women also contributed greatly to the war effort. In rickety biplanes, they flew bombing missions at night, without parachutes - their only protection was the darkness. This book tells the stories of the brave women that won the Soviet Union's most prestigious medal - the Hero of the Soviet Union - for their bravery in protecting their homeland. These courageous women have inspired films, poetry, books and above all, they inspired a nation to fight harder than ever to stop the invasion of the Motherland by forces that seemed unstoppable. Henry Sakaida has researched the lives of these women in meticulous detail to come up with a fascinating book that is jam-packed with information, including a list of every female recipient of the award, why they were awarded it, and what became of them. Text by Henry Sakaida with illustrations by Christa Hook.

    Contents
  • Introduction
  • Biographies - Aviation
    Lydia Litvak
    Anna Timofeyeva
    Klavdiya Fomicheva
    Marina Raskova
    Yekaterina Zelenko
  • Biographies - Infantry
    Mariya Borovichenko
    Anna Nikandrova
    Nina Onilova
    Mariya Batrakova
    Yelena Stempkovskaya
    Mariya Baida
    Manshuk Mametova
  • Biographies - Field Nurses
    Mariya Shkarletova
    Valeriya Gnarovskaya
    Lyudmila Kravets
    Zinaida Mareseva
    Vera Kashcheyevna
  • Biographies - Resistance
    Mariya Melnikaite
    Anna Maslovskaya
    Yefrosinya Zenkova
    Ulyana Gromova
    Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya
    Yelena Mazanik
  • Biographies - Tank Drivers
    Irina Levchenko
    Mariya Oktyabrskaya
  • Biographies - Snipers
    Lyudmila Pavlichenko
    Natalya Kovshova and Mariya Polivanova
    Aliya Moldagulova
    Tatyana Kostyrina


The books in this series are;
Elite 90 : Heroines of the Soviet Union 1941-1945
Elite 111 : Heroes of the Soviet Union 1941-1945

 

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