The history of the best sniper of the Second World
In early 1941, Lyudmila Pavlichenko peacefully studied history at university and did not even know that a few months later, her name will go down in history. Fragile girl has managed to become the most productive scorer of all time, having received 309 officially confirmed neutralized purposes. Lyudmila was born and raised in a small town. The teacher noted that she is very independent and self-confident, away she has a great future. Thus began the path of the best sniper in history.
Like many young people in the Soviet Union at that time, he was a member of Pavlicenco OSOVIAHIM, paramilitary sports organization that taught young men to use weapons. Of performing the instructors norms was difficult even for the guys, but Lyudmila cope with the tasks very easily. Especially the girl go well Rifle Training: a look at the beauty-sniper gathered from all over the region.
The boys have always boasted of its accuracy, so I decided to prove that girls can not shoot worse. I had to practice every day - but I made her. - Lyudmila Pavlichenko
June 22, 1941, Hitler broke off relations with Joseph Stalin and German troops invaded the sacred precincts of the Soviet Union. Pavlichenko, like most of her peers threw enlist in the army to defend the homeland. But there it was waiting for the first failure: model looks, well-groomed hands, stylish hairstyle - the recruiter just laughed and offered Lyudmila go to work as a nurse. Naturally, the girl refused, demanding to check the shooting.
Even after Pavlicenco presented her certificate and OSAVIAHIM arrow icon, she did not want to believe. Officials simply did not see the girls in the army and therefore tried in every way to translate Lyudmila for service in the Red Cross. In the end, the girl offered to pass a very difficult test, suggesting that she shot two Romanian soldiers who worked for the Germans. With test Pavlyuchenko coped more than adequately: to get into the ranks of the 25th Chapayev Infantry Division, it only took two rounds.
Immediately after that Ludmila was sent to the front line. Over the next seventy-five days, the girl had destroyed 187 enemy soldiers, showing himself a formidable and skilled sniper. Having made a name on the fronts of Odessa and Moldova, Pavlichenko returned to the Crimea to fight for Sevastopol.
Reputation invincible sniper Lyudmila forced authorities to entrust more and more new, more dangerous missions. Worst of all were the individual duel with enemy snipers: exhausting hunt and search arrow could last for weeks, and the bloody denouement deprived survivor last effort. Only officially confirmed as the girl had killed 36 enemy snipers in a duel.
At the front Pavlicenco acted with ordinary Mosin rifle M1891, caliber .30. The rifle has a strong impact has been demanded a five-shot and distortion of the shutter after each shot. This did not prevent Lyudmila highest scoring sniper in the world - it is a good dancer, not hurt anything.
in the light of Travel
Pavlichenko became the first Soviet soldier invited to a meeting at the White House. Here it took Franklin Roosevelt and First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. In America, she gave several controversial interviews, directly answering tricky questions of Western correspondents. Here in Chicago, she said, one of his most famous quotes.
Gentlemen - blew over the crowd of thousands gathered sonorous voice. - I am twenty five years old. At the front, I had time to kill three hundred nine invaders. Do not you think, gentlemen, that you are hiding behind my back too long ?!
End of the Road
Pavlichenko was one of the 2000 sniper women who fought on the side of the Red Army in World War II - and one of the 500 who have returned home. After the war, Lyudmila received a master's degree from the University of Kiev and continued to work as a senior research officer of the Main Staff of the Navy.