I have been reading a book about WW2 Russian snipers. One story that stuck out to me was that of a lady sniper. Lyudmila Mykhailivna
Lyudmila Mykhailivna Pavlichenko was born in the Ukrainian town of Belaya Tserkov on July 12th, 1916. She moved to Kiev with her family at the age of
fourteen. There she joined a shooting club and developed into a sharpshooter, while working as a grinder at the Kiev Arsenal factory. In June 1941,
24-year old Pavlichenko was in her fourth year of studying history at the Kiev University when Nazi Germany began its invasion of the Soviet Union.
Pavlichenko was among the first round of volunteers at the recruiting office, where she requested to join the infantry and subsequently she was
assigned to the Red Army’s 25th Rifle Division
In one of the battles, Pavlichenko replaced the batallion commander killed during the fight and was later wounded but refused to leave the
Lieutenant Pavlichenko participated in battles in Moldavia and Odessa. When the Germans gained control of Odessa, her unit was pulled to be sent to
Sevastopol on the Crimean Peninsula, where she fought for more than 8 months. Her total confirmed kills during World War II was 309 ,Including 36
enemy snipers. Besides, she became an instructor and trained Soviet snipers until the war’s end.
Pavlichenko would “go hunting” either alone or with Leonid Kutsenko – who joined the division together with her. Everyday at dawn lying still
for hours or days waiting for an enemy. She often emerged the victor fighting a duel with German snipers.
Once the two snipers were spotted by German officers who opened mortar fire. Leonid was badly wounded and Pavlichenko managed to evacuate him from the
battlefield but he still didn’t survive.
Since then, she would fight even more courageously taking vengeance on the enemy for her late friend.
In June 1942, Pavlichenko was wounded by mortar fire. Because of her growing status, she was pulled from combat less than a month after recovering
from her wound.
Pavlichenko was sent to Canada and the United States for a publicity visit and became the first Soviet citizen to be received by a U.S. President when
Franklin Roosevelt welcomed her at the White House. Later, Pavlichenko was invited by Eleanor Roosevelt to tour America relating her
........So this inspired me to come up with this piece. Trying to get into her mind a little i guess lol...Anyway
Quietly moving in
Inching Ever Closer
Patience is the key
Today a life is over
The unforgiving angel of death
Gently lurks above ye
Moving through the forest
Chasing shadows through the trees
I wonder if you know im here
If someone's watching me
Getting in position
Through the scope i see
Finger on the trigger
Sweat beads getting bigger
A shoot to kill policy
Prisoners dont figure
One last deep breath
Time to make a bloody mess
The cracking sound of gunfire
Causes panic down below
Body falls stone dead to ground
Me to blame i know
Quick pull back on the bolt
A second roaring shot
Another fallen enemy
Did he deserve what he just got?
Confusion on the ground beneath me
Time to slip away
Moving at a steady pace
Today it was my day
Next time it could well be me
Face to face with death
Me who falls straight to the ground
And draws her final breath
edit on 3 23 2014 by TheDoctor46 because: (no reason given)