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800,000 Russian Women Served as
Front Line Soldiers in World War II

800,000 Russian women served as front line soldiers in World War II. They asked to serve, they willingly volunteered, they were not drafted or forced into service. Most were in their early 20s to early 30s. 92 of them won the Soivet Union's highest award, The Hero of the Soviet Union, for their heroic deeds, courage, and bravery.

They served as fighter pilots, flying Russian made fighter planes, and became fighter aces with over 10 kills. They also served as bomber pilots. Many of the pilots flew over 800 missions in obsolete trainer biplanes converted to bombers, and gliding silently over the German front lines at night, became known by the Germans as the deadly "Night Witches." They flew the Russian made Ilyushin Il-2 Shtrumovik fighter bomber (at over 42,000 the most manufactured aircraft ever), and became known by the Germans as the "Black Death". They served as tank drivers, machine gunners, combat medics, and snipers. As snipers they were better than men because they could stand the cold better, they could stand stress better, and they were more disciplined and more patient. The most successful scoring female sniper had over 300 confirmed kills.

They also served as resistance fighters, partisans, and underground saboteurs. The most famous of which was Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya. At just 18-years-old, as the Germans were about to publicly hang her, she shouted to the Germans "You Can't Hang All 190 Million of Us!" To this day, I can't imagine the sheer courage of that woman.

92 True Feminist Heroines the equal of any man and better than many.

A Side Note: The highest-scoring Allied ace of WWII, Ivan Kozhebdub, scored 62 aerial victories flying Lavochkin La-5 and Lavochkin La-7 Russian designed and built fighters. He was know as Ivan the Terrible. Yet again, America was NOT number one.

Sioux Falls Feminists recommends the Heroic Women of the Soviet Union, 3 movies, 4 novels and 9 books, on the following 16 pages:

Sioux Falls Feminists endorse Heroines of the Soviet Union
for showing that women are every bit as
courageous and heroic as any man.

Heroines of the Soviet Union
1941-1945
By Henry Sakaida, Illustrated by Christa Hook

Heroines of the Soviet Union (2003) - 64 pages
Heroines of the Soviet Union at Amazon.com
Describes the Russian heroines and their acts of courage.

Sioux Falls Feminists endorse Heroines of the Soviet Union
for showing that women are every bit as
courageous and heroic as any man.

800,000 Russian Women Served as
Front Line Soldiers in World War II