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Meet Lady Death Among Other WWII's Female Snipers, Their Valour Will Move You

Olga Shirnina has colourised the epic images taken during World War II (1939 to 1945). The images include the best women Russian snipers of that time.Moscow-based Olga Shirnina, who has coloured the black and white photographs of WWII, said, “I’m interested in the history of Russia. It is full of dramatic, cataclysmic events which impacted the history of the country (Russia) and the whole world."  Olga is a Russian image translator who adds colour to old, black and white photographs.Soviet Russia was a major player in WW II. Its fight against Germany was one of the most horrific events of that time.

Circa 1943: Colourised picture of snipers who took training at Central Women’s School of Sniper Training.

Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a Soviet sniper during WWII. She has a credit of killing 309 people, which makes her the most successful female sniper of all time.

Roza Shanina, with 59 confirmed kills, did not lag behind.

An image of a proud sniper of Soviet standing beneath Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.

Another image of sniper Roza Shanina.

Nadezhda Kolesnikova was a sniper volunteer, posing with her deadly weapon.

Yet another image of Roza Shanina who had a high success rate, in terms of killing the enemy, during World War II. 

Lyuba Makarova was one of the 800,000 women who served Soviet Russia during WW II. As they said, every one counted.

The survival rate of these brave women was incredibly low. Only 25 percent of them survived. 

Sniper Yevgenia Makeeva killed 68 Nazi soldiers in WW II. Take a bow, lady!

Lady Death smiling in her uniform. 

Ziba DeNoise, one of the Russian snipers, smiling in a photograph taken during WW II.

Anoter image of Lady Death, Lyudmila Pavlichenko.