Machine gun crew of the Red Army at work. Noteworthy is the fighter in the foreground, on whose back is visible a knapsack Model 36 with a flask strapped in place of the bowler hat.

Officer of the 97th Tank Brigade of the Guard, Senior Lieutenant Alexandra G. Samusenko (1922 - 03.03.1945).

She took part in the Soviet-Finnish war of 1939-40. She fought as a private infantryman and commander of a T-34 tank. According to some reports, the only woman tanker in the 1st Guards Tank Army and the only woman who served as deputy commander of a tank battalion. She died of wounds on 03.03.1945 in the village of Zültsefitz near the town of Lobez (now the West Pomeranian Voivodeship in Poland). Reburied in the central square of Lobez.

The medical instructor of the 369th separate battalion of the marine corps and the senior medical instructor of the combined company of the Coastal escort detachment of the Danube military flotilla Demina Ekaterina Illarionovna is one of the few women who served in the reconnaissance of the marines.

On the night of August 21-22, 1944, medical instructor Mikhailova participated in the crossing of the Dniester estuary. As part of the landing of the Danube military flotilla, one of the first reached the coast, clinging to the roots and branches of coastal bushes, climbed the five-meter ridge of the steep bank of the river, helped to lift a heavy machine gun to the ridge. During the battle, she provided first aid to seventeen seriously wounded soldiers (including rescuing the seriously wounded chief of staff of the detachment from the water), suppressed the fire of a heavy machine gun, threw grenades at a firing point, destroyed two dozen enemy soldiers, took 9 Nazis prisoner. In the morning Ackerman was taken. For the display of exceptional courage, she was nominated for the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, but was awarded the Order of the Red Banner.

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My great-grandfather Vasily Andreevich Voroshilov on a bicycle.
Sergeant SMERSH (counterintelligence), 1946 Germany.

Reverse text:
For the eternal memory of parents,
From a son or brother (only mother and brother remained in the family),
Vasily, during my service in Germany.
July 11, 1946

Armored gunner Sergeant major Ivan Petrovich Svistunov (born in 1917), in one of the attacks knocked out two German tanks, with an anti-tank rifle PTRS-41. On the left sleeve of the foreman's tunic, there is a patch - belonging to the anti-tank artillery. Svistunov served in one of the batteries of the 868th Anti-Tank Artillery Regiment of the Reserve of the High Command (6th Guards Army).

Kursk Bulge, July-August 1943.

In this photo, taken by correspondent Yuri Rost, ten sons of Evdokha Lysenko from the village of Brovakhi, Cherkasy region: Khtodos, Petro, Ivan, Vasil, Mikhailo, Stepan, Nikolay, Pavlo, Andrey and Alexander. During the Great Patriotic War, they all went to the front and returned home alive. Nikolai survived German captivity, after which he fought in the artillery. Tankman Stepan suffered a severe head wound. Pavlo fought with the Nazis, and caught Bandera in the forests. He also met at the front with his brother Mikhail, who was awarded the Order of Glory. Hdos and Andrei lost one leg each: one ran into a mine near Budapest, and the other near Iasi. Mortar Vasil was wounded three times, returning home from the Yerevan hospital. Ivan reached Vienna, and before that he escaped from captivity, into which he fell near Treblinka. Petro did not write a single letter from the front, but in peacetime he worked as a postman. The younger brother Sashko, who participated in the storming of Berlin, came last. At the Reichstag, he was ashamed to sign because of the unimportant handwriting.

(Photo taken in the 1970s.)


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