Central Women’s School of Sniper Training, 1943

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In March, 1942 a Central Women’s School of Sniper Training was established in Vishniaki, a village 8.7 miles outside Moscow. The school recruited women aged 18-26, physically fit, with at least seven years of education. School Director was Nora P. Chegodayeva, a graduate of the famous Frunze Military Academy who had fought as a communist volunteer in the Spanish Civil War. By the end of the war, the school graduated 1,885 snipers and instructors.

Women were thought to make good snipers, because they could endure stress and cold better than men, and they had “more patience” to wait for the perfect shot. A special few achieved recognition and fame.

Центральная женская школа снайперской подготовки была построена в 1942 году, всего в нескольких километрах от Москвы. На обучение снайперскому делу принимали девушек в возрасте от 18 до 26 лет, за плечами которых было не менее семи классов образования.

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