Women in war: truth, which is not…

Women in war: truth, which is not to say “Daughter, I’ve collected a bundle Go… Go… you Have two younger sisters grow up Who they will marry? Everyone knows you four years was at the front, with men…” the Truth about women in the war, which was in the papers… Memories of women-veterans from the book Svetlana Aleksievich: “once a night reconnaissance on the site of our regiment led the whole company To the dawn she went away, and the neutral ground, he heard a groan Left the wounded “don’t kill, — don’t let me soldiers, and I can see it’s getting light,” did Not listen, went Found the wounded man, dragged him eight hours tying strap for hand Brought alive the Commander found out, rashly declared five days of arrest for unauthorized absence And the Deputy commander of the regiment responded differently: “Deserves a break” At nineteen I had a medal “For courage” At the age of nineteen turned gray At the age of nineteen in the last battle was shot through both lungs, the second the bullet passed between two vertebrae Paralyzed legs… And thought I was dead… At nineteen… I Have a granddaughter now so I Look at her and can’t believe the Babe!” “I had night duty… Entered the chamber of the wounded is captain… the Doctors had warned me before duty that night, he dies… will Not make it till morning… Ask him: “how? How can I help?” I will never forget… He suddenly smiled, a bright smile on her haggard face: “Open your robe… Show me your Breasts… I have not seen my wife…” I was embarrassed, I sort of replied and Went back an hour later He lies dead And the smile on his face… And when he appeared the third time, it’s one moment, then appear, then disappear, I decided to shoot Dare, and suddenly a thought flashed: this is the same man, though he is an enemy, but the man and I started to shake hands, the whole body went shivering, chills, Some fear To me… sometimes in my sleep and now returning it… After plywood targets to shoot at a live person was hard I see it in the optical sight, well see if it’s close… And inside I have something to oppose… something doesn’t give, can’t decide But I took myself in hand, pressed the trigger… Not once, we did Not a woman thing — to hate and kill is Not ours… I had to convince myself to Persuade…” “And the girls rushed to the front voluntarily, but a coward, he will not go to war It was a brave, extraordinary girl Has statistics: loss of medical front edge was on the second place after losses in the infantry battalions In the infantry That is, for example, to pull the wounded from the battlefield? We went in to the attack, and we come to mow with a machine gun And the battalion did not All lay They were not all killed, many wounded by the German fire, the fire did not cease Completely all of a sudden popping up out of the trench first one girl, then the second, third… They began to bind and to drag the wounded, even Germans for some time, was astonished By ten o’clock in the evening all the girls were seriously injured, and each saved maximum two to three people Awarded them sparingly, in the early war awards are not scattered to Pull out the wounded man had with his personal weapon the First question in the medical: where is the weapon? Early in the war it was not enough Rifle and machine gun, machine gun — it, too, had to haul In the forty-first issued order number two hundred and eighty-one on the presentation for the award for saving the lives of soldiers: for fifteen seriously wounded, left the battlefield together with personal weapons — the medal “For military merit”, for the salvation of the twenty-five — order of the red Star for saving forty order of the red banner for saving eighty — the order of Lenin, As I have described, what did it mean to save in combat at least one… Out of bullets…” “What in our souls was going on such people as we were then, probably, never will be Never! Such naive and such sincere With such faith! When banner received the commander of the regiment and gave the command: “Regiment, under the banner! On your knees!”, we all felt happy Stand and cry every tears in my eyes You are not believe me, it shook my whole body tensed, my illness, and I am sick of “night blindness” that I have from malnutrition, nervous exhaustion happened, so, my night blindness was Know I the other day were healthy, I recovered, after the shock of the whole soul…” “I heavy wave threw the wall and Lost consciousness… When I woke, it was evening Raised his head, tried to compress the fingers — like move, barely opened his left eye and went to the office, covered in blood In the hallway to meet our older sister, she didn’t recognize me, asked: “Who are you? Where?” Came closer, gasped and said, “Where have you been so early, Ksenya? Wounded hungry, and you don’t” Quickly bandaged the head, the left arm above the elbow, and I went to dinner In the eyes darkened, the sweat was pouring hail Began to distribute dinner, fell Brought into consciousness, and only heard: “Quick! Hurry!” And again — “Quick! Hurry!” After a few days I still took blood for severely wounded” “We’re very young, went to the front Girls I’m for the war, Germany, Japan, the mother of the house died… I grew ten centimeters…” “Organized a nursing school, and dad took my sister and Me back to fifteen years old, and my sister is fourteen, He said: “that’s all what can I give to win My girls…” Another thought then there was a year I got to the front…” “our mother had no sons… And when Stalingrad was besieged, voluntarily went to the front All together the Whole family: mom and five daughters, and his father had already fought…” “I was mobilized, I was the doctor I left with a sense of duty And my dad was happy the daughter on the front to Protect the Homeland, Dad went to the recruiting office early in the morning He was going to get my certificate and went early in the morning specifically to everyone in the village saw his daughter at the front…” “Remember, let me go on leave Before going to my aunt, I went to the store Before the war was terribly fond of candy Say: — Give me candy Salesgirl looks at me like I’m crazy I don’t understand what a card, what is a blockade? All the people in the queue turned to me, and I have a rifle more than I do When we have given them, I looked and think, “When I grow up to this rifle?” And all of a sudden become asking the entire queue: — Give her some candy we Cut out coupons And gave me” “And I for the first time in my life happened… Our… Women… I Saw my blood, roared: — I got stabbed… In the exploration with us was a paramedic, already an elderly man He is to me: — Where are you hit? — I don’t know where… But the blood… to Me he is like father did… I went to explore after the war fifteen years Every night, And these dreams: that my machine refused, we were surrounded by Wake up — Remember grinding your teeth — where are you? There or here?” “I went to the front as a materialistic Atheist Good Soviet schoolgirl left, which was well taught And there… There I began to pray… I always prayed before battle, read their prayers simple Words… My words… the meaning is the same, so I went back to mom and dad of These prayers I didn’t know and didn’t read the Bible no One saw, as I prayed I prayed secretly Sneak Carefully Because… We were then other, then other people lived, You — understand?” “Form on we could not attack: always in the blood of My first wounded — a senior Lieutenant Belov, my last wounded — Sergey Petrovich Trofimov, Sergeant of the mortar platoon In the seventies, he came to visit me, and daughters, I showed his wounded head, on which now a large scar Just from the fire I made four hundred and eighty-one wounded Someone of the journalists counted: the whole rifle battalion… was Dragged to his men, two to three times heavier than us And they wounded Him even harder and dragged his weapon but it also overcoat, and boots took it on himself eighty pounds and dragging will Reset… Go to the next one, and again seventy to eighty pounds… And so five or six times in one attack you are forty-eight pounds — ballet weight Now I can’t believe…” “I then became commander of the Department All Department of the young boys We spent a day on the boat the Boat is small, there are no latrines Guys necessary through the Board, and all Well, but how can I? A couple of times before, I was materilas, he jumped overboard and swim They scream: “Petty officer overboard!” Gonna take this elementary detail… But what is a trifle? I then was treated… came Back from the war, gray-haired Twenty-one years, and I’ve been blonde I Have a serious injury was a concussion, I was hard of hearing on one ear and Mom met me with the words: “I believed that you were coming I prayed for you day and night” the Brother killed at the front, She cried: “Equally now — to give birth to girls or boys” “And I will say… The worst thing for me in war, wearing men’s underwear that was scary And I… I will not Express myself Well, firstly, it is very ugly… You’re in a war, are going to die for their country, and you mens briefs In General, you look ridiculous Ridiculous Mens underwear then wore a long Wide Sewn of satin Ten girls in our dugout, and they are all in mens shorts Oh, my God! In winter and summer for Four years… Crossed the Soviet border… they were Finished off, as they say in political studies our Commissioner, the beast in his own den Near the first Polish village we changed, given new uniforms and…! And! And! They first brought women’s underwear and bras During the war for the first time Ha-a-and… Well, okay… We saw a normal lingerie… Why not laugh? Crying… Well, why?” “In eighteen years on the Kursk, I was awarded with the medal “For military merit” and the order of the red Star, at nineteen, order of Patriotic war of the second degree When a new addition arrived, the guys were all young, of course, they were surprised too, They were eighteen or nineteen years old, and they derisively asked: “And how you got your medals?” or “were you in combat?” Stick with the jokes: “And the bullets pierce the armor of a tank?” One such I then bandaged on the battlefield, under fire, I name remember him — a Dapper, he had a broken leg I told him the splint is applied, and I have asks for forgiveness: “Sister, I’m sorry I hurt you then…”

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