Lady Death (Hardback)
The Memoirs of Stalin's Sniper
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As featured by the Mail On Sunday, March 2018. Read the article online via Stalin's angel of death: Memoir of the world's most successful female sniper who killed over 300 reveals how she formed an unlikely friendship with America's First Lady
As feautred in The Bookseller, November 2017
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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 She was withdrawn from active duty after being injured.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.
Lady Death is fascinating, and Pavlichenko’s beliefs don’t change her real accomplishments. This is a book worth reading.The Daily News, 12th February 2019 - reviewed by Mark Lardas
Anyone, whether a scholar with an interest in the Russian Front, the Red Army, or sniping, or the layman curious about these subjects, will find Lady Death, a volume in the “Greenhill Sniper Library”, valuable and informative reading.Strategy Page, A. A. Nofi, Review Editor
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As featured online here.New York Post
★★★★★ She was a no nonsense, formidable lady.Jessica Tunnis, GoodReads
★★★★ This book transports you in time to Russia in World War 2 and it is interesting to learn what Pavlichenko thought in some situations and what was life like in general.Anastasia Alén, GoodReads
★★★★ I warmly recommend this book to fans of history.GoodReads, Anastasia
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★★★★★ ...very well written. I would have to say this is one of the top five books I've read in my fifty years of life. This book is a masterpiece of literature. To such a life the literary quality should be exceptional and it is. This is a book you want to read over and over.Willy Marz Thiessam, GoodReads
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As featured in part of 'The Women Behind the Gun: Soviet snipers' article.The Armourer, February 2018
As featured inThe Bookseller 10/11/17
Just after midnight on 22 April 1916 on the Western Front, a sergeant from the 15th (1st London) Royal Welsh Fusiliers came sliding and stumbling along the dark, mud-filled trench towards the four men, huddled together and soaked-through, in the shallow dugout. He was clutching his postbag in which there were four parcels for one of them, William McCrae, whose twentieth birthday fell on this day. A hand-written account by William, my grandfather, was found in my mother’s papers, long after his death. This book describes a year of his time fighting in the First World War, from December 1915 to…By Sue Boase, Col Nick Lock OBE
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