Zoya Medvedeva (married name Smirnova), the author and principal heroine of this book, a creative documentary, fought with the famous 25th Chapayev Infantry Division. She has provided an authentic, eyewitness account of the desperate fighting in the trenches for Odessa and Sevastopol, as promised to her role model, mentor and friend Nina Onilova, a legendary machine gunner, before the latter died from her wounds in March 1942. Though half-blinded, eventually Medvedeva became a machine-gun company commander. Too modest to dwell on her own exploits, instead she writes about her former comrades-in-arms, many of whom were killed or hospitalized and some, like Medvedeva herself, had to wander across the enemy-occupied Stavropol Territory, after their release from various military hospitals, in order to break through to Soviet troops in the vicinity of Kizlyar to the southeast of Stalingrad.
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Kazimiera J. Cottam is an expert military translator, editor and author. She is a PhD graduate in Russian history from the University of Toronto and a former Research Associate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also a retired history professor and public servant who was employed at the Canadian Embassy in Moscow in 1988. A published author since 1972, awarded a prestigious prize for an article in the Reader's Digest, she has been researching the little known story of Soviet women in combat for many years.From the Back Cover:
Describes the fighting for Odessa and Sebastopol (1941-42)
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