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Lyudmila Pavlichenko

Lyudmila Pavlichenko
Ink and watercolor on 9″ x 12″ watercolor paper
Part of the ‘She Changed the World’ collection

Pavlichenko was a Ukranian Soviet sniper during World War II and is credited with 309 kills, earning her the moniker Lady Death. She is one of the most successful military snipers of all time and THE most successful female sniper ever.

After being injured during the war, she traveled the United States and Canada on a goodwill mission and was the first Soviet citizen to be received by a US President when she met with Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She was amused when an American journalist told her that her uniform made her look fat and later in Chicago told a large gathering of men, “I am 25 years old and I have killed 309 fascist invaders by now. Don’t you think, gentlemen, that you have been hiding behind my back for too long?”