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Women During World War Two

World War Two was a man's war. Perhaps if women had been in charge there would have no war at all. Any way....

But women did play a significant role during the war. The war production factories in America and Britain had largely women working in them. In Russia too women manned factories which churned out tanks, guns and warplanes with which Stalin's army fought the Germans. Also Russian women played a big part in the conflict zones not only as nurses but also as soldiers. Especially in Stalingrad.

Below is a photo album which shows women in WW2....


Lyudmila Pavlichenko, the Russian woman sniper with 500 Germans kills under her belt
Lyudmila Pavlichenko, the Russian woman sniper with 500 Germans kills under her belt.

LYUDMILA PAVLICHENKO
Lyudmila Pavlichenko sniped a confirmed 309 Axis soldiers, including 36 German snipers, during WWII. While most of the world shied away from putting women on the front line, the Soviet Union did not, including recruiting about 2000 women as snipers during WWII, one of which turned out to be one of the most successful snipers in history, Lyudmila Pavlichenko. She still holds the record for the highest confirmed kill total of any female sniper in history.
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Leni Riefenstahl, the German film maker whose "Triumph of Will" became the chief propaganda tool for the Nazis
Leni Riefenstahl, the German film maker whose "Triumph of Will" became the chief propaganda tool for the Nazis. The Economist wrote that "Triumph of the Will "sealed her reputation as the greatest female filmmaker of the 20th century
LENI RIEFENSTAHL

Reni Liefenstahl (August 22, 1902 – September 8, 2003) was a German film director, actress and dancer widely noted for her aesthetics and innovations as a filmmaker. Her most famous film was Triumph of the Will, a documentary film made at the 1934 congress in Nuremberg of the Nazi Party. Riefenstahl’s prominence in the Third Reich, along with her personal association with Adolf Hitler, destroyed her film career following Germany's defeat in World War II, after which she was arrested but released without any charges.
With Hitler facing a soldier shortfall, women were conscripted. Here German women train in the Luftwaffe. November 1944
With Hitler facing a soldier shortfall, women were conscripted. Here German women train in the Luftwaffe. November 1944.
Japanese women in a ammunition factory in Japan in 1941
Japanese women in a ammunition factory in Japan in 1941
Soviet women partisans fight the Germans
Soviet women partisans fight the Germans
Women Jewish resistance fighters captured by the Germans during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, 1943
Women Jewish resistance fighters captured by the Germans during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, 1943
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American nurses land on the Normandy beach in July 1944



 Women soldiers in Chuikov's Sixty Second Army which defended Stalingrad from the German assault in 1942-43

 German women man anti-aircraft guns



Polish women soldiers on way to meet the German invaders in September 1939


German soldier lead Polish women to their execution site



Beasts may be be female too. SS women guards at the Bergen-Belsen Concentration camp after the Allies over-ran it

2 comments:

  1. Photo number 8 was taken in Odessa, not in Stalingrad. See also :
    http://www.panoramio.com/photo/58408482
    The building in the distance is an Opera in Odessa.

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  2. Atrocities happened during and after the World Wars.

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WHY WAS THE FIGHTING ON THE RUSSIAN FRONT SO FIERCE DURING WW2?

It is difficult to distinguish between the quality of both the German and Russian soldiers. Both were motivated by their love for their motherland. But there were others factors that drove the two sides to such desperate fighting.

One, both sides knew that this was a no-holds bar war. Not fighting was thus not an option.

Second, both Hitler and Stalin had squads that killed any deserter. Turning away from fighting was just not possible.

Thus was seen some of the most bitter, brutal and desperate fighting on the WW2 eastern (Russian) Front.
"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
-- George Santayana


Quotes....

"Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness."
--Otto von Bismarck

"When the enemy advances, withdraw; when he stops, harass; when he tires, strike; when he retreats, pursue.'
--Mao Zedong

Quotes....

"The main thing is to make history, not to write it."
--Otto von Bismarck

"When you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite."
--Winston Churchill

Quotes....

"In time of war the loudest patriots are the greatest profiteers."
--August Bebel

"God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best."
--Voltaire

Quotes about War....

"Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war."
---Otto von Bismarck

Quotes....

"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
--Hermann Goering

Quotes....

"To conquer the enemy without resorting to war is the most desirable. The highest form of generalship is to conquer the enemy by strategy."
--Tzu Sun

"All men are brothers, like the seas throughout the world; So why do winds and waves clash so fiercely everywhere?"
--Emperor Hirohito