Monday, April 8, 2013

Women In World War

World War Two was a man's war. Perhaps if women had been in charge there would have no war at all. Any way....

But women did play a significant role during the war. The war production factories in America and Britain had largely women working in them. In Russia too women manned factories which churned out tanks, guns and warplanes with which Stalin's army fought the Germans. Also Russian women played a big part in the conflict zones not only as nurses but also as soldiers. Especially in Stalingrad.

Below is a photo album which shows women in WW2....

Lyudmila Pavlichenko, the Russian woman sniper with 500 Germans kills under her belt.

Lyudmila Pavlichenko sniped a confirmed 309 Axis soldiers, including 36 German snipers, during WWII. While most of the world shied away from putting women on the front line, the Soviet Union did not, including recruiting about 2000 women as snipers during WWII, one of which turned out to be one of the most successful snipers in history, Lyudmila Pavlichenko. She still holds the record for the highest confirmed kill total of any female sniper in history.

Leni Riefenstahl, the German film maker whose "Triumph of Will" became the chief propaganda tool for the Nazis. The Economist wrote that "Triumph of the Will "sealed her reputation as the greatest female filmmaker of the 20th century"
Reni Liefenstahl (August 22, 1902 – September 8, 2003) was a German film director, actress and dancer widely noted for her aesthetics and innovations as a filmmaker. Her most famous film was Triumph of the Will, a documentary film made at the 1934 congress in Nuremberg of the Nazi Party. Riefenstahl’s prominence in the Third Reich, along with her personal association with Adolf Hitler, destroyed her film career following Germany's defeat in World War II, after which she was arrested but released without any charges.
With Hitler facing a soldier shortfall, women were conscripted. Here German women train in the Luftwaffe. November 1944.
Japanese women in a ammunition factory in Japan in 1941
Soviet women partisans fight the Germans
Women Jewish resistance fighters captured by the Germans during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, 1943
American nurses land on the Normandy beach in July 1944

 Women soldiers in Chuikov's Sixty Second Army which defended Stalingrad from the German assault in 1942-43

 German women man anti-aircraft guns

 Polish women soldiers on way to meet the German invaders in September 1939

 German soldier lead Polish women to their execution site

Beasts may be be female too. SS women guards at the Bergen-Belsen Concentration camp after the Allies over-ran it.



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