I World War: The Russian army after 3 years of conflict, demoralized and with many casualties, he found himself in a desperate situation. The military authorities, alarmed by the situation at the front, decided to create a unit of female elite to encourage male soldiers to fight with more ardor: The Battalion of the Death of Women
The idea of forming an exclusive combat squad for women. a peasant had her: María Bochkariova Known as Yashka, this woman fought from 1914 in the Russian forces, and obtained a great military experience and a high prestige.
With a great patriotic spirit and eager to fight to the death for her country, Maria suggested to Mikhail Rodzianko head of the State Duma. establish a female military force. Seeing that the idea of Mary was good, he got that Alexánder Kérenski, Minister of War, approved the request.
Over 2000 women of all social categories (university, domestic employees, etc.) they joined the recruitment. They had to pass a medical examination, military training and shaving their heads. Maria Bochkariova, It was erected as a leader of the battalion and imposed a severe discipline that caused the desertion of many of the recruits.
In the end, they only remained 300 of them: the strongest, the most determined, women with a strong will.
After finishing the training period, Bochkariova She only said one sentence to the journalists who interviewed her:
"There will be no more recruitment, we will go to battle and we will die."
Honor and Death
El battalion of the death of women, had his baptism of fire in Smarhon, in the current Belarus. The hesitant and fearful male soldiers withdrew but, the female regiment launched into battle against the German attackers.
In their uniforms, they wore the skull of death (Totenkopf), a symbol of his determination to fight to the end against the foreign invader.
For Day 14 and without reinforcements, they maintained their position against wave after wave of German forces. Despite their resistance, as they did not have support, they had to withdraw but, without first having caused great damage to the Teutonic host.
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Unfortunately, their heroic example failed to motivate male soldiers who felt ashamed of their retreat, and did not spare the courage of these female soldiers.
The commander María Bochkarova, suffered a concussion in the battle and was hospitalized for a month. Of the 300 females that made up the battalion, only 30 of them they died in battle, which demonstrates the warlike power of the Russian women.
However, these deaths were used as a pretext to dissolve the battalion and Lavr Karnilov, commander in chief of the Russian army, dissolved the unit.
But, they would still fight once more ... not against a foreign enemy but against their own countrymen, in a cruel struggle.
The fight against the Red Star
El 25 October of 1917, the Bolsheviks set out to conquer the Winter Palace. The 2 company by the 1 Battalion of the Death of Women, at the command of Captain Loskov, they presented a heroic resistance fighting to the last drop of blood. Even so, the numerical superiority of the Communists was much greater, and those who remained alive were captured. Many of them committed suicide, before falling prey to the enemy.
The example of women of Battalion of Death, it lasted in the mentality of the Russian people. Although its potential was not exploited in this conflict, it was shown that women could fight with the same effectiveness as men. Later in the World War II, Russian women would fight en masse, against the same enemy with a different face: Nazi Germany
Dear Russian Lover, I leave here two interesting videos to deepen more in the sacrifice of these brave women: