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Lady Death (Hardback)

The Memoirs of Stalin's Sniper

WWII Military Biography All Greenhill Books Snipers Women of History

By Lyudmila Pavlichenko, Foreword by Martin Pegler
Greenhill Books
Series: Greenhill Sniper Library
ISBN: 9781784382704
Published: 28th February 2018

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The wartime memoir of Lyudmila Pavlichenko is a remarkable document: the publication of an English language edition is a significant coup. Pavlichenko was World War II's best scoring sniper and had a varied wartime career that included trips to England and America.

In June 1941, when Hitler launched Operation Barbarossa, she left her university studies, ignored the offer of a position as a nurse, to become one of Soviet Russia's 2000 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 She was withdrawn from active duty after being injured.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.

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The Bookseller 10/11/17

About Lyudmila Pavlichenko

Lyudmila Pavlichenko was one of the top scoring snipers of World War II with 309 recorded kills. She died on October 10th 1974.


About Martin Pegler

This is a ground-breaking multi-author work which includes contributions from the following best-selling sniper authors:
Charles Henderson, Mark Spicer, Martin Pegle, Charles Strasser, Tom McKenney, Adrian Gilbert, Leroy Thompson, Harold Robbins and Roger Moorhhouse on Simo Haya.

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