100 years ago a legendary woman-sniper was born


Her total of confirmed kills during World War II was 309, including 36 enemy snipers.

Liudmyla Pavlychenko was born in the city of Bila Tserkva (Kyiv Oblast).

She entered the historical faculty of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, went to the front as a volunteer, finished sniper courses.

She participated in the battles in Moldova, in the defense of Odesa and Sevastopol. By July 1942 she could kill 309 German soldiers and officers (including 36 enemy snipers).

In June 1942 was wounded. Soon she was sent to Canada and the United States for a publicity visit and became the first Soviet citizen to be received by a US President when Franklin Roosevelt welcomed her to the White House. 

Woody Guthrie, an American country style singer, wrote a song 'Miss Pavlichenko'.

Liudmyla Pavlychenko died in Moscow in 1974.

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