History of War - - THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR – JUNE 1941-MAY 1945 -

young Rus­sian men and women donned the uni­form of Rus­sia and served in equal ca­pac­ity, in­clud­ing com­bat. An es­ti­mated 800,000 women served in the Soviet armed forces. 200,000 were dec­o­rated, and 89 earned the

Soviet Union’s high­est award, the Hero of the Soviet Union.

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