The Russians have own sence of celebrating equality. Instead of promoting ‘diverse’ appointment in the army, government bodies and other organizations, they just showed examples of the nation unity in hard times. There is an interesting look at female heroes of WW2
On March 8th, the Russian Ministry of Defense celebrated International Women’s Day in its own, unique way.
Instead of boasting “diversity appointments” in the army, government bodies and other institutions, to show for the token hires of females, the Russian Ministry of Defense released historical records praising the heroism of women who were part of the Russian army in World War 2.
“During the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945, female military personnel selflessly and honestly, with full consciousness of their duty to the Motherland, carried out military service. Courageously and steadfastly endured all the hardships of army and front-line life. For military exploits in battle, honest and selfless labor in the rear units and formations of the Red Army, about 150 thousand were awarded government awards, orders and medals of the Soviet Union.
It showed 5 women, heroes of World War 2.
Evdokia Nikolaeva Zavaliy
The platoon commander of a separate company of machine gunners of the 83rd separate infantry brigade of the Marine Corps, Guards Lieutenant Zavaliy Evdokia Nikolaevna. She was drafted on the first day of the war – June 22, 1941. The geography of its combat path: the Southern Front in 1942, then the North Caucasian Front, the Separate Primorskaya Army, the 3rd and 2nd Ukrainian fronts. During this time, she was wounded three times, shell-shocked. In 1944, she was twice awarded government awards: the Order of the Patriotic War, 1st degree and the Order of the Red Star.
Lidya Vladimirovna Litvyak
In March 1944, several articles about the fighter pilot Lidya Litvyak were published in the newspaper of the 8th Air Army. They told about the brave Leela, who, with the calmness of an experienced fighter, destroyed the aircraft of the vaunted Luftwaffe.
“… The Germans marched impudently, confidently, in a large group … Lilya, neglecting the danger, rushed swiftly at the enemies. A hail of bullets rained down on her hawk, but she bravely walked towards the enemy. Suddenly a sharp pain shot through my leg. She was injured. But a keen gaze catches an enemy vehicle in sight. Short queue. The Junkers’ engines began to smoke. Another second, and the German, engulfed in flames, fell to the ground …”
Mariya Ivanovna Lagunova
Maria Ivanovna Lagunovna was drafted in 1942 and served as the driver of the T-34 tank. For all the time of numerous marches, the tank of Maria Lagunova did not have a single breakdown.
On September 29, 1943, in the battles for the village of Knyazhichi, her tank was the first to break into the village and destroyed 1 anti-tank gun and up to 20 enemy soldiers and officers. For that battle, Sergeant Lagunova was awarded the Order of the Red Star.
Ekaterina Ilarionovna Mihaylova
On August 6, 1944, thanks to the courage and courage of medical instructor Mikhailova, who was the first to throw herself into the water when crossing the Dniester estuary and, shouting “Sailors, follow me! Forward, for the Motherland! For Stalin!” carried away the airborne soldiers, an important bridgehead was captured for the further development of the operation. And there were many such examples of her courage in battle.
The commander of the Danube Flotilla, Vice Admiral S. Gorshkov, agreed with the presentation of the medical instructor Ekaterina Illarionovna Mikhailova for the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, but then she was awarded the Order of the Red Banner. 45 years later, in 1990, by the Decree of the President of the USSR, the retired chief petty officer Mikhailova E.I. was awarded the highest title of the country – Hero of the Soviet Union.
Aleksandra Nikolaevna Shlyahova
On the personal account of the sniper platoon commander of the Guard Sergeant Major Shlyakhova Alexandra Nikolaevna in October 1944 there were 69 Nazis. During the offensive battles for the cities of Nevel, Sebeus, Idritsa, she acted not only as a sniper, but also provided assistance to our wounded soldiers. She died at the combat post during the “hunt” for the enemy’s machine-gun crew.
Before getting to the front, Alexandra Shlyakhova graduated from the Central Women’s School of Snipers. Not for a minute did she forget her teachers, she was sincerely attached to them and wrote often.
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