Markwick, Roger D.

Soviet Women on the Frontline in the Second World War. - Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. - 1 online resource (330 p.) - eBooks on Demand .

Cover; Contents; List of Plates; List of Maps; List of Tables; Preface and Acknowledgements; List of Acronyms and Russian Terms; Transliteration, Archival References and Pseudonyms; Chronology of Soviet Women at War; Introduction; 1 The Making of the frontovichki; A passion for education; Komsomol mentality; Osoaviakhim; Commanders'' wives; Heroines and heroes; How the Steel was Tempered; Civil war legacy; A ''new type'' of woman; Curtailing the heroine cult; 2 ''Not Women''s Business'': Volunteers; ''To the home front!''; Civil and anti-aircraft defence; The Labour Front; Secret training Levée en masseBaptism of fire; The first women snipers; 3 Sisters of Mercy: Nurses; Raw recruits; Combative femininity; Casualties; Medsanbat sisters; Fighting field nurses; Sanitizing war; Frontline vengeance; Civilizing men; ''Forbidden'' relations; Stalingrad inferno; 4 ''Falcons'' and ''Witches'': Flyers; Formation of the regiments; Vydvizhenki; Daughters of the civil war; Military discipline; Active service; A ''women''s world''; Frontline intimacy; A Komsomol ''family''; Politruk mother; Entertainment and social life; Death of an icon; Death of a ''little falcon''; Radiant happiness Final offensive5 Behind Enemy Lines: Partisans; ''Joan of Arc''; Saboteurs, scouts and spies; Female underground; Assassination; All-people''s war; Komsomol network; Medical and radio personnel; Sexual harassment; Affirmative action; Women under occupation; 6 Mass Mobilization; Covert mobilization; Women in other militaries; Bolshevik riflewomen; Anti-air Defence; Barrage balloons; Desperate circumstances; Naval recruits; ''I can excel …''; Social and political problems; Political propaganda; Second navy intake; Mobilizing mothers; ''Second-front'' recruitment; ''Gentle and cultural service'' Women officers7 The Women''s Volunteer Rifle Brigade; Recruitment; Living conditions; ''Desertions'' to the front; Desertion and punishment; Suicides; Gender relations; Sexual relations; Patriotism betrayed; 8 The Sniper Movement; The sniper as celebrity; Sniper school; Recollections of a young woman sniper; Becoming a sniper; The frontline; Hunting Hitlerites; On the offensive; Battlefield gothic; Forbidden relations; 9 Epilogue: Half-hidden from history; Women invalids; Mobile field wives; Prisoners of war; An indelible stain; Forgetting and remembering; Notes; Sources and Bibliography Index

This is the first comprehensive study in English of Soviet women who fought against the genocidal, misogynist, Nazi enemy on the Eastern Front during the Second World War. Drawing on a vast array of original archival, memoir, and published sources, this book captures the everyday experiences of Soviet women fighting, living and dying on the front.

9780230362543 90.00 (NL)


Women in war -- Soviet Union -- History.
Women soldiers -- Soviet Union -- History.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Eastern Front.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Female.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Soviet Union.


Electronic books.

D764 .M3464 2012

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