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In June 1941, when Hitler launched Operation Barbarossa, Lyudmila Pavlichenko left her university studies and ignored the offer of a position as a nurse to become one of Soviet Russia's 2,000 female snipers. Less than a year later, she had 309 recorded kills, including 29 enemy sniper kills. She was withdrawn from active duty after being injured. She was also regarded as a key heroic figure for the war effort.

She spoke at rallies in Canada and the US, and the folk singer Woody Guthrie wrote a song, "Killed By A Gun", about her exploits. Her US trip included a tour of the White House with FDR. In November 1942, she visited Coventry and accepted donations of £4,516 from Coventry workers to pay for three X-ray units for the Red Army. She also visited a Birmingham factory as part of her fundraising tour. She never returned to combat but trained other snipers. After the war, she finished her education at Kiev University and began a career as a historian. She died on October 10, 1974, at age 58, and was buried in Moscow's Novodevichy Cemetery.

©2015 Alla Igorevna Begunova; David Foreman English-language translation copyright 2018 by Greenhill Books; Foreword copyright 2018 by Martin Pegler (P)2018 Tantor

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Absolutely stunning read, it is heroic as it is tragic. There really was nothing like the Eastern Front it was a completely different monster than what the western allies had to deal with. This book dispels a ton of myths surrounding her life, her training, how she enlisted, where she enlisted. Furthermore what sets this memoir apart from so many others is the fact that she is a military-historian and is able to draw insight from her own post- war research which makes her memoirs an absolutely fascinating, well- researched, and well written read. It's super refreshing seeing such an excellent source finally translated into English.

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Interesting book with a sub-par nerration

I really enjoyed this book for the most part.You really get a great sense of Lyudmila's perspective on her war experience. She had a really amazing life which is why I wish the narration lived up to her compelling story. I would recomend this book for anyone who is interested in a fresh perspective of the eastern front during WWII.

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Story of the snipers defeat of the nazis on the eastern front from one of their best.

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Truth is stranger than Fiction

These are the Memoirs of a real life Russian sniper in WW2. It tells the tale a girl/woman starting from life in the Bolshevik factory, personal accounts of the battlefield, touring the United States for propaganda, and her life after the war. If I didn't know this to be an account of real events I would swear I was reading/listening to a Hollywood script.

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Fresh perspective WWII readily told in the West

The accents are phenomenal, the detail from beginning to end is clear and informative. Love the element of the biography that becomes stateside incorporates a wonderful part of American History not known to the masses previously. The progression from the onset of WWII and fighting with the Romanians through to the parade route through the Allied territories gives a perspective to known to Americans.

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The story of a young woman who fought faschism.

Lyudmila Pavlichenko, dispatched over 300 Nazis during her WWII tour of duty. She waa a living example of rhe power of women to destroy life as well as create it when their Homeland is threatened.

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What a story!

I came in with no real interest in war/snipers/guns but it made everything come alive. Her personality really came through and a sense of how she thought of things.