These are some photos of those whom the Russians should be thankful to for the year of 1945 and the peace time they’re living in right now.
Major Ludmila M. Pavlichenko.
‘Gentlemen, I’m 25 and I’ve destroyed 309 German soldiers. Don’t you think, gentlemen, that you’ve been hiding behind my back for too long?’ Chicago, 1942.
Senior Lieutenant Konstantin F. Olshansky.
Since March, 26th till March 28th, 1944, he had been the leader of a landing force which consisted of 68 Russian soldiers. Being encircled, they repulsed 18 attacks, destroying 2 tanks of the enemy and killing over 700 German officers.
Capitan Zinovy G. Kolobanov.
On August 19th, 1941 near the city of Krasnogvardeysk, a tank company under his command, destroyed 43 German tanks; 22 of them were destroyed by his own crew.
Major Petr M. Gavrilov.
According to some German soldiers, this man, being hardly alive, began fighting against them by himself, threw grenades and fired a gun, killing and wounding several German officers. 23 July 1941
Capitan of the Guard Vasily G. Zaytsev.
Since November, 10th till December 17th, 1942, in the battle for Stalingrad he killed 225 German soldiers, including 11 snipers.
Senior Sergeant Rosa E. Shanina.
‘I know that I’ve done little for my country yet. Not more than every Soviet person has to do. Today I’m ready to have a hand-to-hand fight. There’s no fear. I’m ready to die for my Homeland’. January 16th, 1945.
Major Natalia F. Meklin.
She performed 980 flights, bombing the enemy’s important objects, manpower, and military equipment.
Capitan Konstantin I. Nedorubov.
He was a Don Cossack, a veteran of WWI, and a veteran of the Civil War. When WWII began, he was 52 but it didn’t stop him from killing 70 German officers in a battle for Maratuki village in 1942.
Capitan Aleksandr M. Gusev.
‘Near the geodetic station we pulled the German flag out and installed the Russian banner’. Elbrus. February 17th, 1943.
Secret Service Man and Partisan Nikolay I. Kuznetsov.
He’d been working in Germany since 1942 and provided Moscow with important information, including information concerning German rocket missiles; killed 11 high-ranking German officers.
Lieutenant of the Guard Ivan T. Lubushkin.
On October 6th, 1941, he set five German tanks on fire. He wrote: “For the first time we saw how much superior Russian tanks T-34 are.”
Capitan of the Guard Maria I. Dolina.
She performed 72 successful flights, dropping 51 tons of bombs. In 1944 her well-aimed bombing attack destroyed the enemy’s echelon with ammunition; participated in liberation of the city of Borisov.
Major of the Guard Aleksey P. Maresyev.
On April 4th, 1942 he was wounded in an air fight and tried to reach the Russian troops for 18 days. As a result of gangrene he lost both legs. In 1943 he returned to the army; performed 86 flights, destroying 11 German aircrafts (4 planes before the amputation and 7 after it).
Soldier Aleksandr M. Matrosov.
In a fight near Chernushka Village, with his body he blocked the gun-port of the enemy’s defence post, thus helping his comrades get over it.
Colonel of the Guard Evdokia N. Zavaliy.
She was the only woman commander of the naval infantry platoon. She went to the front at 17; took part in liberation of Novorossiysk and Sevastopol. Together with her platoon she captured a bunker and took a German General prisoner. Germans often called her ‘Frau Black Death’.
Lieutenant Colonel Boris F. Safonov.
He was the best Soviet airforce pilot of 1941-1942. He was the first to become Hero of the Soviet Union twice; destroyed 33 German aircrafts and died on May 30th, 1942.
Priest and Partisan Fedor A. Puzanov.
He was a veteran of WWI and later became a rector. During WWII he helped partisans with food and clothes and in 1944 prevented Germans from taking 300 fellow villagers prisoner.
Junior Sergeant Victor V. Zavalin.
In 1944, the detachment under his command was the first to cross the Dnieper, and caused great losses to the enemy, repulsing 15 attacks. On a Victory day he was in Vienna. After capitulation of Nazi Germany he took part in crushing of Kwantung Army. Participated in liberation of Mukden and port Arthur.
Corporal Maria T. Shalneva.
The photo of this traffic-controller girl from a remote Siberian village was taken on May 2nd, 1945 and became world famous.
Sergeant Major Ekaterina I. Mikhaylova (Demina).
She went to the front at the age of 15 by adding two years to her real age; participated in battles in the Crimea and the Caucasus, in Vienna and Yugoslavia. In 1944 she rendered medical help to 17 wounded soldiers, blew up the enemy’s defensive installation with grenades, and killed over 10 German officers.