An exqusite vignette of a female Russian sniper from World War 2 by modelling friend Christos Katselos did you know how many female Russian snipers during World War2? Over 2,000 ! The few that come to mind are "Lady Death" Lyudmila Pavlichenko, Nina Lobkovskaya, Roza Shanina and Klavdiya Kalugina, one of the youngest female Soviet snipers (age 17 at the start of her military service in 1943). She finished the war with 257 confirmed kills.
Lyudmila Pavlichenka, one of the deadliest snipers in military history. Born in the Ukraine, Pavlichenko moved to Kiev in 1930 at the age of 14. There she joined a local shooting club, learning the skills that would prove vital in the war. By the time the war started, she had married, had a child, divorced, and studied for a masters degree in history. When war came in 1941, Pavlichenko was among the first wave of volunteers to join the army. She was in the field as a sniper from August 1941 to June 1942, fighting in Odessa and Sevastopol. During those 11 months, she racked up a remarkable 309 confirmed kills, including 36 enemy snipers.