When Germany invaded the Soviet Union, Lyudmila, a historian, abandoned her university career to join the army. Rejecting the chance to be a nurse, she became one of the Red Army’s first female snipers. By mid-1942, Lyudmila had been credited with killing 309 enemy soldiers.
After being wounded, Lyudmila was sent on a propaganda tour of the United States, Canada and Britain. In America she met President Roosevelt and even inspired a song, ‘Miss Pavlichenko’, by the folk singer Woody Guthrie. In Britain, Lyudmila’s achievements reinforced popular admiration for the fighting spirit of the Soviet people. She features on the cover of this Soviet book, produced for an English-language readership.