centerlogobigAAD logo


In 1957 two women sat, stiff and formal, because of an unwelcome man. Fed up, the younger one grabbed the other, pulled her into a room, and locked the door despite the man’s protests. With him out of earshot, the friends reminisced.

One was the wife of a former US president while the other was a heroine of the Soviet Union.

Screen Shot 2018 01 02 at 09.00.58Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, Hero of the Soviet Union Maj. Lyudmila Pavlichenko, and Eleanor Roosevelt during Pavlichenko’s visit to Washington, D.C., ca. 1942. Pavlichenko was the top woman sniper of all time, with 309 confirmed kills, and the first Soviet citizen welcomed to the White House. Library of Congress photo

Lyudmila Mykhailivna Pavlichenko was born on July 12, 1916, in Bila Tserkva, Ukraine, Russia. When she was 14, her family moved to Kiev where she joined the Volunteer Society for Cooperation with the Army, Aviation, and Navy (DOSAAF). She did well in school. She also became a sharpshooter – little realizing where it would lead.

To read more on War History online:

Screen Shot 2018 01 01 at 18.00.05

You may also like to read:

*  UK F-35 at Beaufort, SC

*  Germany's Green Belt was a 'death zone' during the Cold War

*  Secret Designs from the Cold War

*  Rare Revolutionary War sword to go on display for the first time


About the Author



AAD REPORTS   Reports, news and opinion from