Experiences of Soviet Women Combatants During World War II

TitleExperiences of Soviet Women Combatants During World War II
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsReyes, Michelle De Jesus
Academic DepartmentDepartment of History
DegreeMaster of Arts
Number of Pages62
Date Published2017/05
UniversityState University of New York at Buffalo

World War II was arguably the most heroic event in the history of the Soviet Union, so much that it is known as the “Great Patriotic War.” Tens of millions of Russians were killed during the large scale conflict against their “fascist foes.” Still, the large population of the USSR were moved to action primarily by mass propaganda distributed by the Communist Party leaders. Women played a large role during the war, not just in the factories on the home front or as partisans, but as combat nurses and snipers as well. Since the losses were heavy on the Soviet side, the Party urged women to take up arms and fight on the front lines. When the war ended in a Red Army victory, the Party did everything in its power to stifle the voices of the women who had served by fueling rumors that women veterans had joined the army merely to find husbands and by emphasizing the importance of domestic women and motherhood over any military achievements. 

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