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Lyudmila Pavlichenko “more than three hundred Nazis fell by your gun”

Liudmyla Mykhailivna Pavlychenko (Ukrainian: Людмила Михайлівна Павличенко; Russian: Людмила Михайловна Павличенко; Lyudmila Mikhailovna Pavlichenko; July 12, 1916 – October 10, 1974) was a Soviet sniper during World War II. Credited with 309 kills, she is regarded as the most successful female sniper in history.

In June 1941, 24-year old Pavlichenko was in her fourth year of studying history at the Kiev University when Germany began its invasion of the Soviet Union.  Pavlichenko was among the first round of volunteers at the recruiting office, where she requested to join the infantry and subsequently she was assigned to the Red Army’s 25th Rifle Division; Pavlichenko had the option of becoming a nurse but refused; “I joined the army when women were not yet accepted”. There she became one of 2,000 female snipers in the Red Army, of whom about 500 survived the war. She made her first two kills as a sniper near Belyayevka, using a Tokarev SVT-40 semi-automatic rifle with 3.5X telescopic sight.


Pvt. Pavlichenko fought for about two and a half months near Odessa where she recorded 187 kills.  When the Romanians gained control of Odessa her unit was sent to Sevastopol on the Crimean Peninsula, where she fought for more than eight months.  In May 1942, Lieutenant Pavlichenko was cited by the Southern Army Council for killing 257 German soldiers. Her total of confirmed kills during World War II was 309,  including 36 enemy snipers.

In June 1942, Pavlichenko was wounded by mortar fire. Because of her growing status she was withdrawn from combat less than a month after recovering from her wound.

Pavlichenko was sent to Canada and the United States for a publicity visit.  

While functioning as a public spokesman, Pavlichenko  became the first citizen of the Soviet Union to be received at the White House by a U.S. President, in this case Franklin Roosevelt.  Miss Pavlichenko was not impressed by the U.S. media who were more concerned with her outfit than the war and her experiences in it.

I am amazed at the kind of questions put to me by the women press correspondents in Washington. Don’t they know there is a war? They asked me silly questions such as do I use powder and rouge and nail polish and do I curl my hair? One reporter even criticized the length of the skirt of my uniform, saying that in America women wear shorter skirts and besides my uniform made me look fat…This made me angry. I wear my uniform with honor. It has the Order of Lenin on it. It has been covered with blood in battle. It is plain to see that with American women what is important is whether they wear silk underwear under their uniforms. What the uniform stands for, they have yet to learn.


American anti-fascist folk musician Woody Guthrie recorded a song in 1946 entitled “Miss Pavlichenko” as a tribute to Ludmila Pavlichenko ….

Miss Pavilichenko’s well known to fame; 
Russia’s your country,fighting is your game; 
The whole world will love her for a long time to come, 
For more than three hundred Nazis fell by your gun.

Miss Pavilichenko’s well known to fame: 
Russia’s your country, fighting is your game; 
Your smile shines as bright 
As my new morning sun. 
But more than three hundred nazisdogs fell by your gun.

In you mountains and canyons 
Quiet as the deer. 
Down in your bigtrees knowing no fear. 
You lift up your sight, 
And down comes a hun; 
And more than three hundred nazidogs 
Fell by your gun.

In your hot summer’s heat, 
In your cold wintery snow, 
In all kinds of weather you track down your foe, 
This world will love your sweet face 
The same way I’ve done, 
‘Cause more than three hundred nazzy hound 
Fell by your gun.

I’d hate to drop in a parachute 
And land and enemy in your land; 
If your Soviet people make it so hard on invadin’ men: 
Of such a pretty lady’s gun 
If her name was Pavilichenko, and mine Three O One.

Chorus (after every verse)

Fell by your gun, yes, Fell by your gun, 
For more than three hundred Nazis fell by your gun.


Pavlichenko would “go hunting” either alone or with Leonid Kutsenko  – who joined the division together with her – everyday at dawn lying still for hours or days waiting for an enemy. She often emerged the victor fighting a duel with German snipers.

Once the two snipers were spotted by German officers who opened mortar fire. Leonid was badly wounded and Pavlichenko managed to evacuate him from the battlefield but he still didn’t survive. Since then, she would fight even more courageously taking vengeance on the enemy for her late friend.

She was so badass that she survived having some heavy artillery explode in her face. Obviously it slowed her down a little and she had to be taken off active duty.  She spent the remainder of the war working as an instructor at Russian sniper school, where she educated a whole new generation of dead-eye balls-out snipers.  After the war she completed her degree in History at Kiev State and got a job as a military historian working for the Soviet Defense Ministry.

Read more here:
The Badass of the Week ~ Lyudmila Pavlichenko


~Best Soviet Female Snipers of WW2 Here~

Historians have always said there are two things the German’s didn’t expect going into the Soviet Union: the weather and the women. A hero of the Soviet Union (and a Ukrainian) Lyudmila Pavlichenko had 309 recorded (witnessed) kills against German soldiers during her service as a Sniper. 39 of those kills were enemy snipers. She fought in Crimea, Odessa and many other places. She was only one of 2,000 women trained and fighting as snipers against the Germans. The Russians had 800,000 women in uniform, from nurses and admin staff all the way to snipers and specialists on the front lines.

~Video Here: Russian Female Soldiers of WWII~


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Roza Shanina

Shanina volunteered for the military after the death of her brother in 1941 and chose to be a marksman on the front line. Praised for her shooting accuracy, Shanina was capable of precisely hitting moving enemy personnel and making doublets (two target hits by two rounds fired in quick succession).

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My name is Kalugina, Klavdiia Efremovna.

Born in 1926. The war began when I was 15. I went to work at the “Respirator” munitions factory in Orekhovo-Zuevo. When the war started, we needed worker ration cards, which gave 700 g of bread. So I worked there, joined the Komsomol (Communist Union of Youth – trans.). On days off Komsomol members were required to attend classes for our secondary education. They were preparing us. Later, when we finished the secondary education, they said that a sniper school had opened. Many volunteered to attend it, and I also went there, being 17 years of age. That was in June 1943. I was the youngest at the school. Everyone was 18, and I was 17. They were thinking, should they turn me away or not? Decided that if I didn’t fall behind, they would leave me at the school.

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Klavdia Kalugina


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Manshuk Mametova

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Orphaned at very young age, Manshuk Mametova spent her childhood in Almaty, under care of A. Mametova. At the time the Second World War began, she was studying at Almaty Medical Institute.

She had been taken to war as a volunteer in 1942. As a machine gunner, she showed bravery and courage. She was killed in a battle for Nevel.

Many streets and schools in Almaty, Nevel, Oral and other cities were named after her, and monuments in her honour may be found in many parts of former Soviet Union.

Manshuk Mametova was a distinguished Soviet soldier in the Second World War. Originally only assigned clerk duty, she managed to be assigned to combat duty rather quickly and played a very crucial part (if not the crucial part) in deciding the battle for Nevel, a strategically important town in Western Russia. For her role during this fight she was awarded the Order of the Hero of the Soviet Union, the highest military honor in the USSR, and effectively became the first woman from the Asian parts of the Soviet Union to be awarded this order.

Read in Full Here:

Female Badasses in History: Manshuk Mametova (1922-1943)

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