The Completely Capable, Decidedly Deadly Women of World War 2

By Jack Loftus on at

In World War II's European theatre, women were often as brutal a soldier as their better-known male counterparts, if not more. This was especially so in the war-torn Soviet Union, Poland and within the notorious German SS.

Perhaps the most notable woman warrior was Lyudmila Pavlichenko (pictured above sighting a rifle), who was a Soviet sniper with 309 confirmed kills by the end of the war. She is in the record books under "deadliest female sniper" to ever walk this planet.

There are more pics of women at war in the In Focus WW2 offering for today, part 13 of a planned 20-part series. [In Focus]