Women in the Russian and Soviet military
Women in the Russian and Soviet military, as in other nations, have played an important role in their country's military history, in particular during the Great Patriotic War. Despite performing vario...
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Soviet women in World War II
Soviet women played a major role in World War II (locally known as the Great Patriotic War or the Great Fatherland War). While most toiled in industry, transport, agriculture and other civilian roles...
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Marina Raskova
Marina Mikhailovna Raskova (Russian: Раско́ва Мари́на Миха́йловна; March 28, 1912 – January 4, 1943) was a famous Soviet navigator. She later became one of over 800,000 women in the military servi...
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Marie Ljalková
Marie Ljalková-Lastovecká (3 December 1920 – 7 November 2011) was a Czech the Czechoslovak Army in exile fighting alongside Soviet Army during World War II. Ljalková (born Petrušáková) was born in H...
Nina Lobkovskaya
Nina Alexeyevna Lobkovskaya (Russian: Ни́на Алексе́евна Лобко́вская; born c. 1925) served as a sniper for the Red Army of the Soviet Union during World War II attaining the rank of Lieutenant.
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Vera Bjelik
Vera Belik (June 12, 1921 – August 25, 1944) was a World War II navigator born in Yakymivka Raion, Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine.She joined the Red Army in 1941 and became active from May 1942. Sh...
Yevgeniya Rudneva
Evgeniya Maksimovna Rudneva (Russian: Евгения Максимовна Руднева), also known as Zhenya Rudneva (Женя Руднева) (Berdiansk, December 24, 1920 – April 9, 1944 near Kerch) was a Soviet military air n...
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Aliya Moldagulova
Aliya Nurmuhambetqyzy Moldagulova (Kazakh: Әлия Нұрмұхамедқызы Молдағұлова) is a Soviet Hero of the Soviet Union recipient.
Moldagulova was born on October 25, 1925 in Bulak, Kazakhstan. She l...
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Vasilisa Kozhina
Vasilisa Kozhina (1780? — 1840?) — a hero of the Patriotic War of 1812.
Vasilisa came from Russian peasants. She was a wife of Gorshkov, a starosta (an elder) of a village of Sychyovsky Uyezd of ...
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Yelizaveta Mironova
Yelizaveta Mironova was a Soviet sniper during the Second World War. She has been alternately credited with either 34, or "more than a hundred" kills.
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Ekaterina Mikhailova-Demina
Ekaterina Illarionovna Mikhailova-Demina (Russian: Екатерина Илларионовна Михайлова-Дёмина; born 22 December 1925 in Leningrad, Soviet Union) is the only woman who served in front-line reconnaissa...
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Lyudmila Pavlichenko
Liudmyla Mykhailivna Pavlychenko (Ukrainian: Людмила Михайлівна Павличенко; Russian: Людмила Михайловна Павличенко; Lyudmila Mikhailovna Pavlichenko; July 12, 1916 – October 10,...
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Nora Chegodayeva
Nora Pavlovna Chegodayeva (Russian: Нора Павловна Чегодаева; 1905–1971) was a Soviet interpreter and translator. A Red Army officer during World War II, she was one of the organizers of a women's ...
Polina Gelman
Polina Vladimirovna Gelman (Russian: Поли́на Влади́мировна Ге́льман, Ukrainian: Поли́на Володи́мирівна Ге́льман; 24 October 1919 – 25 November 2005) was a Soviet Air Force offic...
Olga Krasilnikova
Olga Krasilnikova was a Russian woman who disguised herself as a man to fight in World War I. In 1915, she participated in nineteen battles in Poland, before being returned to Moscow because of a leg ...
Lydia Litvyak
Lydia Vladimirovna Litvyak (Лидия Владимировна Литвяк, (Moscow, August 18, 1921 – Krasnyi Luch August 1, 1943), also known as Lydia Litviak or Lilya Litviak, was a fighter pilot in the Soviet A...
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Mariya Bayda
Mariya Karpovna Bayda (Russian: Мария Карповна Байда; February 1, 1922 – August 30, 2002) was a World War II scout in the Crimea. When she was surrounded by Wehrmacht submachine gunners, she ...
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Irina Sebrova
Irina Feodorovna Sebrova (Russian: Ирина Фёдоровна Себрова) (December 25, 1914-April 5, 2000) was a lieutenant and pilot for the Soviet Air Forces who served in the all-female Night Witches during...
Roza Shanina
Roza Georgiyevna Shanina (Russian: Ро́за Гео́ргиевна Ша́нина, [ˈrozə ɡʲɪˈorɡʲɪɪvnəˈʂanʲɪnə]; 3 April 1924 – 28 January 1945) was a Soviet sniper during World War II, credited with fifty-...
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Raisa Vasilyevna Belyayeva
Raisa Vasil'evna Beliaeva was one of the first Russian female fighter pilots. She fought alongside Lydia Litvyak and was credited with three aerial victories. She died in combat, from causes unknown, ...
Zoya Smirnow
Zoya Smirnowa (1897/98-after 1916) was a Russian woman who fought during WWI disguised as a man. She and 11 other schoolmates disguised themselves as men so that they could fight in the war. Two of th...
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Ziba Ganiyeva
Jr. Lt. Ziba Pasha qizi Ganiyeva (Azerbaijani: Ziba Paşa qızı Qəniyeva, born 20 August 1923 in Shamakhi, Azerbaijan or in Uzbekistan) is an Azerbaijani philologist and a former World War II female...
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Olga Kokovtseva
Margarita Romanovna Kokovtseva, generally named in English sources as Olga Kokovtseva was a female soldier in an Imperial Russian Army cavalry unit during World War I. Wounded in combat and decorated ...
Mariya Oktyabrskaya
Mariya Vasilyevna Oktyabrskaya (Russian: Мария Васильевна Октябрьская; 16 August 1905 – 15 March 1944) was a Soviet tank driver during World War II. She was the first female tanker to be awarded t...
Nadezhda Popova
Nadezhda (Nadia) Vasil'yevna Popova (Ukrainian: Надія Василівна Попова, Russian: Наде́жда Васи́льевна Попо́ва; 17 December 1921 – 8 July 2013) was one of the first military female pilots in th...
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Tanya Baramzina
Tatiana Nikolaevna Baramzina (Russian: Татья́на Никола́евна Барамзина́) (December 12, 1919 – July 5, 1944) was a Soviet sniper in the Great Patriotic War. She was posthumously awarded the Gold Sta...
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Manshuk Mametova
Manshuk "Mansiya" Zhiengalieva Mametova or Mänşük Jïenğaliqizi Mämetova (Kazakh: Мәншүк Жиенғалиқызы Мәметова; Russian: Маншук Жиенгалиевна Маметова; (23 October 1922 - 15 October 1943) was a ...
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Nina Onilova
Nina Andreyevna Onilova (Russian: Нина Андреевна Онилова, Ukrainian: Ніна Андріївна Онілова; 10 April 1921 - 8 March 1942) was a Soviet machine gunner in the Red Army's 25th Rifle Division who...
Alexandra Kudasheva
Madame Colonel Alexandra Kudasheva (1873-1921?) was a Russian sportswoman and female soldier, notable both for her endurance riding feats, and for commanding of one of the first fully integrated comba...
Anna Yegorova
Lt. Anna Alexandrovna Timofeyeva-Yegorova (Russian: Анна Александровна Тимофеева-Егорова; 23 September 1916 – 29 October 2009) was a pilot in the Red Army Air Force (VVS) during the Second World W...
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