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Lady Death: The Memoirs of Stalin's Sniper (Greenhill Sniper Library)

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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 19th 2018 by Greenhill Books
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Valerity (Val)
I found this to be an engaging read for its time, and the timing was perfect coming right after my book about Eleanor Roosevelt because she turns up in this book too. Lyudmila as a good young Soviet took a couple of courses in being a sniper and it was found that she had a talent for it from the first time she picked up a rifle. Later, when she was nearly finished with her advanced schooling, war was declared against Germany. She got her sniper certifications out and went down to join the milita ...more
Anastasia Alén
“Lyudmila Pavlichenko was not just any sniper, however, for she was to become the highest-scoring female sniper with 309 official kills. Official kills, it should be noted, were those observed by a second party.“ ― Lyudmila Pavlichenko, Lady Death

You might have heard of American Sniper. And even Simo Häyhä. Now meet Lady Death. Fascinating tale of Russia's most efficient female sniper.

This book made me feel like I had been living under a rock because I had no idea there were female snipers. An
Scott McPherson
Major Lyudmila Pavlichenko was a Red Army sniper during World War II who attained 309 (!) kills in combat. This book details her transformation from a factory worker in Ukraine to one of the deadliest snipers in history.

It's a brilliant read, with chapters detailing her first 100 kills against the Romanians and then moving on to the German army. Her attention to detail with weapons is amazing - I often read memoirs where former soldiers just generally describe their guns as "tommy guns" or "mac
Jessica T.
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, nonfiction
"Enemies are always enemies. It is in the nature of women not only to create new life, but also, if necessary, to defend their children, their family, their homeland. Our state had given me that opportunity."

Lyudmila Pavlichenko aka Lady Death was a Russian sniper during world war two with 309 confirmed kills. This is her memoir/autobiography. She was a no nonsense, bad ass lady.
Willy Marz Thiessam
A classic was once defined as a book you remember starting to read but you never stop reading and re-reading. This is such a book.

The book is the autobiography of the Russian sniper Ludmilla Pavlichenko. Pavlichenko was exceptional in many regards, not least for her ability to kill hundreds of Fascists during the Second World War. Her skill in marksmanship was a natural in born ability, but her military training and understanding given to her in her youth by her father created a very acute obser
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The wartime memoir of Lyudmila Pavlichenko who has the dubious claim to fame of being the best sniper of WWII, becoming one of the Soviet Union’s 2000 Red Army female snipers in 1941. After being invalided out she travelled to the US to raise support for the war effort and to the UK on a fundraising tour – she even had a song written for her by Woody Guthrie, “killed by a Gun”. Hers is a remarkable story – and her memoir makes for fascinating reading. A must read for anyone interested in Russian ...more
John Purvis
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Lady Death" eBook was published in 2018 (I believe that a Russian version was published much earlier, but I have not been able to determine when) and was written in Russian by Lyudmila Pavlichenko ( The English version was revised by Martin Pegler. Mr. Pegler had published 16 non-fiction books, all of which deal with the history of firearms.

I received an ARC of this novel through in return for a fair and honest review. I categ
Bettye McKee
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An intimate history

The extraordinary Red Army sniper, Lyudmila Pavlichenko, has shared her memoirs with the world, and however humble and modest she was, she lived an extraordinary life in turbulent times.

Although her father was associated with the military, Lyudmila had never picked up a gun until she was working in a factory as a teenager. At a co-worker's urging, she attended a sniper school. Upon completion of the course, she put away her diploma and continued her education.

When the Nazis in
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was fascinating to read the writing of a World War II veteran of Sevastopol. The author’s description of Eleanor Roosevelt seemed truthful to me and I found that recollection to be quite compelling. It’s really something that the two of them maintained a relationship for years after the end of World War II and specifically after the change in relationship between our two countries.
An incredible story of a young Russian woman-sniper that fought against the Nazis during WWII. Truly wonderful read! Highly recommend.
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Lady Death was a Soviet female sniper during WWII, and as such, recorded a record 309 kills, before she was removed from the front and sent on a speaking tour of the US and Europe during the latter half of the war, before going back to school, and finishing her life as a historian. She was an enthusiastic Communist, and seemed to think it an honor to sacrifice almost everyone/everything for her country, which can be a bit difficult for modern free peoples to understand or commiserate with. Howev ...more
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This book captured the life of one of the only women snipers during that time period. It was a remarkable life and one that was a joy to read about.
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