➡️ Heroine and historian: Colorized picture of the sniper and hero of the Soviet Union Lyudmila Pavlichenko during the Second World War, with her mythical riffle Mosin-Nagant with an enlarged scope for long-range shots. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
With the German conquest of the Soviet Union in june 1941, the young Lyudmila Pavlichenko (24 years old) requested to join the Soviet infantry and was assigned to Red Army’s 25th Rifle Division. She, who already belonged to a shooting club in Kiev, soon showed her skills by killing 187 enemies in the Battle of Odessa and several more in the Battle of Sevastopol, with a total amount of 309 casualties . In 1943, she was awarded the Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Wounded by mortar fire in 1942, Lyudmila soon left the battlefield and carried out diplomatic work, being the first Soviet citizen to be received by the President of the United States. Then, she told his experiences in Washington D.C and New York, where she established a great relationship with the first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, as we can see the film "Battle for Sevastopol" (2015). After the war, she finished her studies at the University of Kiev and began her career as a historian, what she wanted to devote her whole life.
 Skaida, H. Heroines of the Soviet Union 1941-45; Page 31. #historyofworldwars #lyudmilapavlichenko #mosinnagant #sniper #25thrifledivision #redarmy #infantry #battleofodessa #battleofsevastopol #heroofthesovietunion #sovietunion #eleanorroosevelt #firstlady #historian #ww2