Roza Georgiyevna Shanina Credited With 59 Confirmed Kills.

by Daniel Russ on June 18, 2014

 

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Soviet Cuper Sniper Roza Georgiyevna Shanina

 

Roza Georgiyevna Shanina (3 April 1924 – 28 January 1945was barely 21 when she was killed in the East Prussian Offense. In 1941 she volunteered to become a sniper and after persistently applying after being turned down, she finally made it into the Central Female Sniper Academy. She graduated top of her class and was given a chance to become an instructor, ubt instead insisted that she got to the front.

She was deployed to Vitebsk and killed a German soldier, her first of 59 kills. Remorse came at first she wrote in her diary where she copiously recorded her experience. Soon thereafter she was killing bloodlessly and unrepentant. Months later she was awarded Soviet Order of Glory for her actions at Kozyi Gory where she took down 13 soldiers while under artillery and machine gun fire.

In Vilnius she made a number of kills and captured three German soldiers.

Witnesses said she could core doublets, or two consecutive shots against moving targets and hit both.

In the East Prussian Offensive she scored 26 kills, often crawling through muddy tunnels to prepared camouflage sniper nests she constructed. Roza was driven to combat and proceeded to the front line in defiance or orders in several occasions. Red Guard commanders gave her lee way because she was more than an effective soldier. She was a national symbol of pride.

She died in East Prussia under an artillery bombardment so heavy that entire squads were hiding under heavy artillery pieces and in tanks. She mentioned the attrition in her unit was very high and feared her own survival. She was found eviscerated by a shell fragment, and despite their best efforts she died the next day.

She continued to receive honors and glory posthumously.

 

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.sources: DarkRoastBlend, wiki

 

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