The Defense of Sevastopol in 1941-1942, a memoir by Lyudmila Pavlichenko


The Defense of Sevastopol in 1941-1942, a memoir by Lyudmila Pavlichenko

This brochure of 72 pages is written by a woman whom we had already mentioned in our social networks on the occasion of March 8 as an example of a combat hero and people's diplomat alike. Lyudmila Pavlichenko was a legendary Soviet sniper, a Heroine of the Soviet Union, and a defender of Sevastopol during its WW2 siege.

Perhaps, the majority of readers might be primarily attracted to this book due to it being written by a professional sniper, who meticulously describes her line of duty, her combat training and the dangers associated with it.

"Not only must a sniper have an excellent distance judging skill (this is a quality you are born with, as it depends on the individual structural features of your eyeballs). They also need a certain personality to go with it: to be calm, level-headed, phlegmatic even, immune to the bouts of anger, cheer, despair, or – the worst of all – hysteria. A sniper is a patient hunter. They only make one shot, and if this shot is a miss, their life might be the price," wrote Lyudmila Pavlichenko in an autobiography.  

This alone could become a basis for the whole book, and so it is all the more valuable and impressive that even in such a small volume, the author talks not only and not so much about herself, but about many more fearless and courageous Sevastopol defenders: the machine-gunner Nina Onilova; the heroes of bunker No. 11 who defended their position at the cost of their lives; the five young sailors who managed to halt the advance of twenty-two enemy tanks...

The book is not easy to find, but still can be discovered online.

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