History Today Podcast


Soviet Super Sniper

Season 2, Ep. 4

In 1942, Lieutenant Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a Soviet frontline sniper, was sent on a mission to convince US and British allies to open up a Second Front against Hitler’s forces.

Her arrival in Washington DC coincided with a historic moment of American-Soviet friendship, even while the press found the female sniper, with her claimed tally of 309 German kills, rather shocking.

Historian Dr Julie Wheelwright in conversation with History Today Editor, Paul Lay.

Julie's Article 'A Woman's Place', on Lyudmila Pavlichenko will be the April cover story of History Today, on sale from Thursday 19 March. Pre-order your copy now on the History Today website.

Julie's book 'Sisters in Arms: Female Warriors from Antiquity to the New Millennium' is published by Osprey.

Music: Kai Engel.

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