18 Colorized Photos of Russian Female Snipers

These amazing colorized photos by Olga seem just like benign, everyday depictions of pretty Russian women.  Until you learn that behind the beautiful smiles are lethal killing machines that helped to win WWII.

Sniper volunteer Nadezhda Kolesnikova. 19 confirmed kills, awarded the medal “For Courage”. Volkhovsky front.1943
ROZA SHANINA, A SOVIET SNIPER DURING WORLD WAR II
Sniper Yevgenia Makeeva – killed 68 fascists
Sniper Yevgenia Makeeva – killed 68 fascists
Sniper Roza Shanina
Lyudmila Pavlichenko Female Soviet Sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko, who had 309 sniper kills to her credit.

 

Female snipers. The 2nd Byelorussian Front
Lyudmila Pavlichenko

 

Female snipers. The 2nd Byelorussian Front

n March, 1942 a Central Women’s School of Sniper Training was established in Vishniaki, a village 8.7 miles outside Moscow. The school recruited women aged 18-26, physically fit, with at least seven years of education. School Director was Nora P. Chegodayeva, a graduate of the famous Frunze Military Academy who had fought as a communist volunteer in the Spanish Civil War. By the end of the war, the school graduated 1,885 snipers and instructors.
Women were thought to make good snipers, because they could endure stress and cold better than men, and they had “more patience” to wait for the perfect shot. A special few achieved recognition and fame.
Soviet sniper Lyubov Makarova
Roza Shanina

Roza Shanina

Battle of Staligrad

14 Colorized Photos That Show Horrors of Battle of Stalingrad

These amazing colorized photos of the Battle of Stalingrad by Olga. There is something seeing them this way that brings out the true horrors of war.

The Battle of Stalingrad (23 August 1942 – 2 February 1943) was the most major confrontation of World War II in which Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) in Southern Russia.

Marked by fierce close quarters combat and direct assaults on civilians in air raids, it is often regarded as the single largest (nearly 2.2 million personnel) and bloodiest(1.7–2 million killed, wounded or captured) battle in the history of warfare. It was an extremely costly defeat for German forces, and the Army High Command had to withdraw vast military forces from the West to replace their losses.

 

Tank T-34 "Rodina" in Stalingrad
Tank T-34 “Rodina” in Stalingrad

 

German troops of the 6th Army move into the suburbs of Stalingrad, late Sept 1942
avorska Yulia – nurse, who brought 56 wounded from the battlefield in battles for Stalingrad
Hauptmann Friedrich Winkler in Stalingrad
Messerschmitt Bf 109 in Stalingrad
Italian driver of the FIAT truck lies dead on the periphery of Stalingrad, Feb 1943
Street battle in Stalingrad
Street battle in Stalingrad
The center of Stalingrad, winter 1943
The center of Stalingrad, winter 1943
Soviet submachine gunners among the destroyed houses during the battle of Stalingrad
Soviet pilots in the steppe near Stalingrad | Лётчики в
Commander gives a signal to the soldiers during the fighting in the factory district of Stalingrad
Red Army men attack on the outskirts of Stalingrad
Major-General Tikhomirov, Vladimir Vasilevich
During the Battle of Stalingrad was the commander of 97 separate Infantry Brigade, 7 infantry corps, 64 army.