From the Archives: 55 Photos with Astonishing Stories

By | May 24, 2024

The 12 Russian snipers responsible for the deaths of 775 German soldiers during World War II, 1945.

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These gals are something straight out of a Tarantino movie - a troop of highly skilled female assassins that area a thorn in the side of the Nazis, they look good and they shoot even better. While the American forces kept female participation in World War II to a minimum, over 2000 women were trained as sharpshooters in the Soviet Army and sent to some of the most dangerous areas of the war.

After the war, sharpshooter Lyudmila “Lady Death” Pavlichenko bragged, “We mowed down Hitlerites like ripe grain.” Pavlichenko was pulled from field duty after a blast of shrapnel hit her in the face, but in one year she took out 309 German soldiers, including 36 enemy snipers.

During the Spanish Civil War in 1936, there were many heroic feats that can now only be celebrated. This image is one of them, as a journalist is seen running across a bridge in order to rescue a baby 

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What does it take to be a hero? Are people born into bravery or is it something that strikes us when we least expect it. This photo shows an ordinary person doing his best to save one life during a tumultuous time in Spain. He could have easily turned a blind eye to a child in danger but instead he ran into the fray to save the life of someone he didn’t even know.

The Spanish Civil War pushed nearly 4,000 children out of Spain, sending them to live as refugees in England and France. The children lived in camps and didn’t return home until 1938 at the least. Even then, many of them lived in the ruins of bombed out buildings.