“I wear my uniform with honor. It has the Order of Lenin on it. It has been covered in blood in battle. It is plain to see that with American women what is important is whether they wear silk underwear under their uniforms. What the uniform stands for, they have yet to learn”. - 'Lady Death', Lyudmila Pavlichenko
The name Lyudmila Mykhiliuna Pavlichenko is a name not often heard when the discussion of great snipers arises. Nicknamed “The Lady of Death”, Lyudmila was the deadliest female sniper of all time. She was a scourge among the ranks of both Romanian and German soldiers with a kill count of 309.
Despite her modern anonymity, Lyudmila would achieve legendary status with her performance in the Battle of Odessa where she killed numerous enemy officers and soldiers as well as thirty-six Nazi snipers.
This is her story.