First women Battalion of Death
Never heard of it? It's always the pity when u belong to the losing side. Even if you are the last one defending your king.
The Women’s Battalion of Death was led by Maria #Bochkareva
. She was a peasant who worked her way into the traditional Russian Army in 1914. She persuaded the Government to put the battalion under her command, and she immediately attracted more than 2,000 female volunteers between 18 and 40.
These troops first saw action during the #Kerensky
Offensive, when they faced the Germans. They were occupying a trench alongside a male battalion. When ordered to go over the top, the men hesitated, while the women did not. Soon they started to be considered with respect by all the other regiments for their bravery
They made it through three German territory trenches and were later praised heavily for their bravery and initiative. However, this was not a time to win a battle, as they received no reinforcements and were forced to retreat.
After the war they keep fightint against the Bolsheviks.
On 25th October, Bochkareva and the few remaining members of the Women's Battalion were the only one who stand defended the Winter Palace against Bolshevik forces, after all the male reggiment fleed the #winterpalace
. After a short but intense fight they were overwhelmed by the numer of the attackers. John Reed, an American journalist in Petrograd during the revolution reported that "all sorts of sensational stories were published in the anti-Bolshevik press, and told in the City Duma, about the fate of the Women's Battalion defending the Palace. It was said that some of the girl-soldiers had been thrown from the windows into the street, most of the rest had been violated, and many had committed suicide as a result of the horrors they had gone through."
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