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Marina Yurlova served in uniform as a fighting Cossack, volunteering in 1914 at the age of 14. Though repeatedly wounded in combat, she returned to military service and repeatedly won the St. George's Cross for bravery. Through the war and revolution, Marina encountered Turks, Kurds and Reds, drove cars and trucks, fought for the Czech Legion, trekked overland across ...more
Paperback, 206 pages
Published November 15th 2010 by Heliograph
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Reading this book opened a new window to me regarding the role of the Russian Cossaks during WWI. Although many fabricated memoirs were written around this time by young Russian women who hoped that the public would purchase their phony tales of war-related heroism, Russian scholars generally agree that Marina Yurlova's memoir is unique for its realistically brutal depictions of war. I absolutely could not put it down and found Marina a fascinating character (albeit an openly racist one -- a ...more
A very interesting account of a young girl's experience as a volunteer in a Cossack regiment of World War I. I was constantly asking myself, "Can this be true?" But Soviet scholars have judged it authentic, and it gives us a view of a particularly unusual life in wartime. Wounded several times and eventually admitted to an asylum with shell shock, she apparently recovered and led a long (hopefully pleasant) life.