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11 Womens Battalions Of Death

Womens Battalions Of Death

Posted on March 19, 2012 by


Russian women’s battalions could not be left unnoticed by the world. Journalists (such as Bessie Beatty, Rita Dorr and Louise Bryant from America) would interview the women and photograph them to later publish a book.

Rita Dorr said she was quite familiar with female-warriors. She knew about three divisions, one in Moscow and the other two in Petrograd. She spent a lot of time with them sharing a room and food. She waited for them to return from battles and after that she would listen to their stories sitting by their hospital beds.

Orlova was a warrior and Bessie Beatty described her as tall and strong. She was focused on death. She wanted to die for her Motherland. And she did.

A group of volunteers.

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11 Responses to “Womens Battalions Of Death”

  1. perristalsis says:

    “The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.”

    – Attributed to General George Patton Jr

  2. Cabbot says:

    Kickass! Even when back then many soldiers were being poorly supplied and with low training, all these girls look seriously formidable.

  3. Testicules says:

    Cannon fodder. Just like the prisoner battalions

  4. Vittu says:

    So sad. So stupid.

  5. SMERSH says:

    “A sailor from Kronstadt….”
    Uh-oh…

  6. Greg says:

    and after the collapse of WW1…..Lenin and Stalinism. WW1 = the calm before the storm.

  7. mariel says:

    sad very sad

  8. Zarya says:

    Great collection of photos, Very helpful as I am in the process of creating a reenacting persona to represent a woman of these battalions at 1917 battle reenactments, and for earlier war years a young Maria Bochkareva impression.

  9. Martti says:

    I think the question is whether ANYONE should fight or not. If you set aside cultural roles of men and women a fighting woman does not differ from a fighting man. Anyone fighting means misery for everyone. It really doesn’t do any difference would it be a man, woman or child. War isn’t in any way more natural thing for a man than for a woman.

  10. Josephine says:

    My grandmother was Maria Skridlova who was mentioned in story. It is a remarkable story and never spoken about by her to anyone in her family.

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