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The Story of the Flying Lady Badass Anna Yegorova

 Born to a Russian peasant family in 1916, Anna Yegorova was one of the deadliest and most celebrated Soviet pilots of World War II.  While working as a factory worker before the war, Yegorova received pilots training and eventually became a flight instructor.  When the Germans invaded in 1941, she volunteered for the Soviet Air Force, however Soviet commanders at the time were slow to accept women for combat service.  Instead, she was assigned to fly an aging rickety biplane as a reconnaissance pilot.  Between 1941 and 1942 she flew 100 reconnaissance missions, many of which were very dangerous.  On her 100th mission, her plane was intercepted by a German fighter.  Completely outclassed in her puttering antique biplane, she was easily shot down by the fighter.  Having no parachute she was forced to crash land as her plane erupted into flames around her.  After the crash, she hid in a corn field as the German fighter straffed her with machine guns until running out of ammo and flying away.  Despite suffering horrific burns over much of her body, she returned to base and personally delivered her maps. For her actions she was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned for training at a combat aviation school.

While in combat training Yegorova gained a reputation as one of the best pilots of her class.  She was trained to fly the Ilyushin IL-2 Sturmovik, a heavily armed and armored ground attack aircraft nicknamed “The Flying Tank”.  Throughout the war, the IL-2 was used as a close air support craft, and was specifically used to destroy German tanks. After graduating combat aviation school in 1943, she was assigned command of an IL-2 squadron that was part of the 805th Attack Aviation Regiment.  Over the next year she commanded 177 combat missions, destroying scores of German tanks, armored vehicles, and trucks.  A true terror of sky, she was known as a superior pilot and a fearless combat leader. Among the enemy she was known as the “Flying Witch”. During her combat duty, she was awarded the Order of Lenin, two Orders of the Red Banner, and two Orders of the Patriotic War 1st Class. 

On an attack on a German column in Auguast of 1944, an anti craft shell exploded below the seat of her cockpit, the force of which blew her through her cockpit canopy.  Before falling unconscious Yegorova pulled the rip cord or her parachute.  However the parachute failed to open completely, and she was sent screaming to the earth until she slammed into the ground. Soviet officials believed she was dead, and posthumously awarded her the title “Hero of the Soviet Union”.   

As if by miracle, Yegorova was alive, but she was seriously injured with several broken ribs, dislocated arms and shoulders, severe spinal fractures, a concussion, burns, and numerous internal injuries. Barely alive and slipping in and out of a coma, Yegorova was sent to Kustrin Prison Camp in Poland, where she was dumped in a prison cell and left to die.  Fortunately, she was tended by another prisoner, a Russian physician named Georgy Sinyakov.  Amazingly, working 20 hours a day with little food or medical supplies, Dr. Sinyakov was able to nurse her back to health. A selfless healer who treated thousands of POW’s with what little he had, he even sacrificed some of his own rations so that Yegorova would live. Despite his care, her wounds never completely healed and she suffered physical disability the rest of her life. When she was barely strong enough to stand, the German SS and Gestapo began to interrogate her, often resorting to beatings and torture.  During her imprisonment, she told nothing to her interrogators.

In January of 1945, Kustrin Prison Camp was liberated by the Red Army.  The guards of the camp had planned to shoot all the prisoners before leaving, however Dr. Sinyakov convinced the Germans to leave without firing a shot. While she was free of German imprisonment, Yegorova’s ordeal was far from over.  Under Stalin’s orders Soviet soldiers, sailors, and airmen were forbidden from surrendering, and to Stalin there were no Soviet POW’s, only traitors.  Upon liberation, Yegorova was arrested by the Soviet NKVD and interrogated for 11 days on suspicion of being a spy and a traitor. She was also stripped of all her awards and titles, with her combat record being erased from all official Soviet documents.  After all the combat, her life threating injuries which left her body permanently wrecked and disfigured, the torture at the hands of the Germans, and having all of her life’s accomplishment revoked, the moment of her life which brought tears to her eyes even decades later was when an NKVD interrogator called her “a fascist bitch”.  One the 11th day of her interrogation she finally made the demand, “You can shoot me, but I will not let you torture me!”.  Later that day, she was cleared of charges and released when Soviet Air Force commanders intervened on her behalf. She was declared an invalid and released from military service.

After the war, Yegorova married, raised a family with two children, and desperately petitioned the Soviet Government to restore her service record and awards.  Finally, in 1965 her awards were returned, including the coveted title “Hero of the Soviet Union”.  On a side note, Dr. Simyakov, an earthly saint IMO, received no recognition for his work at Kustrin Prison Camp while he was alive, despite the accounts of thousands of Soviet servicemen who he had treated while at the camp.  He returned to his life as a doctor, and passed away in 1978. Anna Yegorova passed away on the 29th of October, 2009, at the age of 93.

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The Signs as Force Girls (pt.7 of 12)

Libra - Shaak Ti (Member of the Jedi High Council)

Shaak Ti - a Togruta - was one of the most empathetic and soft of all Jedi masters. Her compassion for meditating let her have deep insights in other’s feelings. Therefore she has a very calming charisma which encouraged others to name and face their fears. Shaak has a very intense sense of justice which was useful during her time on Kamino where she was in charge of the Clone production. She didn’t see the clone troopers as things that are all the same, no. She knew every one of them was a sentient indiviual with feelings as everybody else, capable of great things. ‎Shaak is always aware of other people’s humanity and thus worries, but she knows which behaviour crosses the border and can not be tolerated. She would help people get up again but would also draw her blue lightsaber to defend herself in critical situations. Eventually Shaak was skilled in using telekinesis, lifting, throwing and breaking items, feeling deeply connected to the Force. Her motherly but youthful aura would have a pleasing effect on everyone spending time with Shaak.

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That uniform makes you look fat! — Lyudmila Pavlichenko in America

One of the most celebrated snipers in history as well as the deadliest female sniper in history with 309 kills , Lyudmila Pavlichenko goes down in history among the great Soviet snipers during World War II.  Lyudmila was certainly one who was tough and cool under fire, however it would be her experiences in America that would prove the most challenging.  After being seriously wounded by a mortar in June of 1942, she was sent on a propaganda trip to the United States to drum up support for the Soviet War effort while she recovered.  She toured the country, speaking about the war,  her achievements, and most importantly how women were every bit as tough as men when it came to fighting.  In Chicago, she stood before large crowds, chiding the men the men to fight in the war saying, “Gentlemen, I am 25 years old and I have killed 309 fascist occupants by now. Don’t you think, gentlemen, that you have been hiding behind my back for too long?”

During her tours she visited or was visited by many important and famous people; including Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, and New York City Mayor LaGuardia. She became especially good friends with Eleanor Roosevelt, another larger than life woman in history who originally invited her to America and accompanied her throughout most of the tour.  Throughout her tours she was given many awards, usually presentation pistols and rifles.  Even the popular folk singer Woodie Guthrie wrote a song about her entitled, “Miss Pavelichenko”.  By the end of her American tour she had visited 46 major American cities.

Despite her popularity and reputation, she was viewed more often than not as an oddity rather than a war hero, and the prejudices against women common in 1940′s America became apparent.  Press reporters asked her questions about her nail polish, how she curled her hair.  One reporter criticized how she didn’t wear any makeup. Another commented, “Isn’t it a part of military philosophy that an efficient warrior takes pride in his appearance? Isn’t Joan of Arc always pictured in beautiful and shining armor?”  When one dipshit commented that her uniform’s skirt was too long, stating that American women’s uniforms were shorter, and that her uniform made her look fat, she angrily responded,

“I wear my uniform with honor, it has the Order of Lenin on it! It has been covered with blood in battle! It is plain to see that with American women what is important is whether they wear silk underwear under their uniforms. What the uniform stands for, they have yet to learn.”


The Signs as Force Girls (pt.3 of 12)

Gemini - Ahsoka Tano

Three-year-old Ahsoka was discovered by Jedi master Plo Koon‎. While others might think Plo Koon’s alien-like appearance could scare a child, Ahsoka did not show any sign of shyness. Later, Ahsoka was allocated to be the Jedi-apprentice of Anakin Skywalker of whom she learned to be impulsive, energetic and tactical. She grew up to become a strong young woman, brave, smart and very much able to be on her own. Ahsoka was talkative, always questioning and curious. Eager to prove herself, she developed a fresh view upon many different topics wanting to show what she was capable of. She had no problems with approaching strangers to work with them and was skilled in lightsaber combat in which she eventually used two green ones. Addionally Ahsoka truly had a knack for children. But after going through a series of life-changing incidents Ahsoka decided that she would not go the Jedi way any longer. She became a watching lone wolf wielding two white lightsabers that showed her neutrality until she teamed up with a group of rebels to provide guidance as an informant and adviser.

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When Germany invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, thousands of young women served in the Red Army and partisan forces in Belarus. In the years since, they have been hailed as heroes and role models. 

Photographs by Polish photographer Agnieszka Rayss. 

I really recommend you check out the source and read their stories.

Maria Antonovna Pospielova Zaskovichi [top photo - FYEE] remembers a walk through the woods when she was in the partisan force. “I was surrounded by a pack of wolves. I had a pistol with only two bullets. I climbed onto the trunk of a felled pine tree, crossed myself, and they finally left.”

The Signs as Force Girls (pt.11 of 12)

Aquarius - Rig Nema (Jedi Doctor)

Golden eyes and yellow skin - even her exteriors show that Rig Nema is special. As a Jedi medicin it is almost crucial to have an everlasting amount of curiosity. That is the reason why Rig decided to use her abilities for the high art of healing Jedi. After all, a Jedi’s body and mind demands much more than the regular one. Though naturally enhanced by the Force, a Jedi nevertheless has to do a lot of training regarding running faster, jumping higher, thinking quicker and coping with more than the one trying to gain power for bad. Rig has a thirst for improving the world. Everything is better when being up to date, she’s full of ideas and oftentimes she will be there to be the companion in times of need. Rig always comes with a proposal and shows off her inventive side. Explaining is a strength, handling technical and medical Jedi-equipment is not a problem and investigating other’s interior represents only Rig’s quick savvy concerning psychological coherences. She is a light person: without humour, Rig would’ve have more difficulties in her position for she is confronted with the immediate consequences of war, old age or simply young cockiness that led to an exaggerated opinion of oneself.

Looking back on it now, it’s hard to believe we had the nerve to tackle it, really. There we were, a bunch of mad girls, charging around the sky on pitch-black nights, peering at maps on our knees by the light of the instrument panel, and trying to find our bearings when we couldn’t see a thing on the ground.
—  Marina Chichnova a woman who was a Night Witch, an all women’s Soviet Union bomber regiment during World War II

In 2009, 18-year-old Rukhsana Kausar was spending time with her family in Jammu, India. Located in the Kashmir region that both India and Pakistan claim ownership of, Jammu is basically the island from Lost: there’s a lot of drama and a lot of death, and if you try to make sense out of it all, you’re only going to end up disappointed.

Her mother was presumably just about to start passive-aggressively asking about babies, as all mothers do, when Pakistani militants rushed into Kausar’s village. Four guards posted up outside of her house, while three gunmen went in and beat Kausar’s parents and uncle in front of her and her siblings. Luckily for Kausar, her parents had stuffed her under a bed before they came in.

But after her parents fell to the ground in front of her, she found she could take no more. Kausarleaped up behind one of the gunmen (who was also armed with an ax), grabbed him by the hair, bashed his head into the wall, and threw him down. She clocked the floored invader with his own ax, seized his rifle, and blasted commander Abu “I feel like my name was made up by racists” Osama into pieces.

She tagged another as he fled, and started a pitched battle with the rest of the militants that lasted for hours. After seeing their commander smoked by a teenage girl, then trying to take her out for half a day with only injuries on their side, the rest of the militants decided they’d rather not risk getting made fun of quite so hard in hell, so they packed up and fled.

The 94 Most Badass Soldiers Who Ever Lived

Milunka Savić was a Serbian soldier who fought in the Balkan Wars and in World War I. She was wounded no less than nine times during her service and is the most-decorated female combatant in the history of warfare.

In 1912, when she was aged 24, Savić’s brother was called up to serve in the Balkan Wars against Bulgaria. Accounts vary as to whether she impersonated her brother or simply accompanied him, but it is certain that she joined the Serbian army having disguised herself as a man. She saw combat within weeks and was awarded with a medal and a promotion for taking part in repeated assaults during the nine-day Battle of Bregalnica.

During the tenth assault she was wounded by a Bulgarian grenade and while being treated in hospital her gender was revealed. Unwilling to punish her given her valour on the battlefield, her commanding officer offered Savić a transfer to a nursing division. Standing at attention Savić insisted she would only fight for her country as a combatant. When the officer told her he would give her his answer the next day Savić simply responded “I will wait” and remained standing at attention in front of him. He relented after just an hour and allowed her to return to the infantry.

Just a year after the end of the Balkan Wars Europe was torn apart by World War I and Savić continued to serve her country. Following the Battle of Kolubara in the early days of the war, she was awarded the Karađorđe Star with Swords medal, the highest award available. She received the medal a second time in 1916 after she single-handedly captured 23 Bulgarian soldiers at the Battle of Crna Bend. The war progressed poorly for Serbia, and Savić found herself fighting for the French as the retreating Serbian army was reformed under their control at Corfu. By the end of the war she had received medals from France, Russia and Britain for her bravery.

After the war Savić turned down a military pension in France to return to Serbia where she raised her daughter and a number of foster children on her own. Largely forgotten by the public, she made a living by working as a cleaning lady. During the German occupation of Serbia in World War II she was imprisoned in the Banjica concentration camp. Accounts vary as to whether this was because she refused to attend a banquet with German officers or because she was operating a hospital to treat wounded partisans. She was ultimately spared execution and released by a German officer who recognised her as a war hero.

Savić died of a stroke in 1973, aged 84. She was buried with full military honours and a street in Belgrade is named after her.