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Six Impossible Episodes: Soldiers, Snipers and Spies


From top left: Major Lyudmila Pavlichenko, the 1st Russian Women's Battalion of Death, Lieutenant-Colonel Vivian Bullwinkel, Captain Flora Sandes, the graveside service of Captain Stephanie Czech Rader, and Sergeant  Milunka Savić. (Heritage Images/Getty Images; CC-BY 3.0; Mendelssohn, F B & Company; public domain; Rachel Larue/public pomain; public domain)  (Heritage Images/Getty Images; CC-BY 3.0; Mendelssohn, F B & Company; public domain; Rachel Larue/public pomain; public domain)
From top left: Major Lyudmila Pavlichenko, the 1st Russian Women's Battalion of Death, Lieutenant-Colonel Vivian Bullwinkel, Captain Flora Sandes, the graveside service of Captain Stephanie Czech Rader, and Sergeant Milunka Savić. (Heritage Images/Getty Images; CC-BY 3.0; Mendelssohn, F B & Company; public domain; Rachel Larue/public pomain; public domain) (Heritage Images/Getty Images; CC-BY 3.0; Mendelssohn, F B & Company; public domain; Rachel Larue/public pomain; public domain)

This installment of our impossible episodes series features a set of stories that are all about front-line heroism. Most of them are listener requests.

The Rejected Princesses episode on Lyudmila Pavlichenko: http://www.rejectedprincesses.com/princesses/lyudmila-pavlichenko

And here is the toast to Kentucky Colonels we talked about in the episode: http://petegriffith.com/wp/general/a-toast-to-the-kentucky-colonels/

Tracy's Research:

  • O'Neill, Therese. "5 of the Fiercest One-Liners in History." Mental Floss. 9/6/2013. http://mentalfloss.com/article/52603/5-fiercest-one-liners-history
  • Curiosity.com. " Milunka Savić: The Forgotten WWI Heroine." https://curiosity.com/topics/milunka-savic-the-forgotten-wwi-heroine-curiosity/
  • Ministry of Defense of Serbia. "Exhibition dedicated to Milunka Savic opens in Serbian Armed Forces Central Military Club." 9/25/2013. http://www.mod.gov.rs/eng/5598/u-domu-vojske-otvorena-izlozba-posvecena-milunki-savic-5598
  • Lockie, Alex. "Meet the world's deadliest female sniper who terrorized Hitler's Nazi army." 10/12/2015. http://www.businessinsider.com/lyudmila-pavlichenko-female-sniper
  • King, Gilbert. " Eleanor Roosevelt and the Soviet Sniper." Smithsonian. 2/21/2013. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/eleanor-roosevelt-and-the-soviet-sniper-23585278/
  • Bernstein, Adam. " Stephanie Rader, undercover spy in postwar Europe, dies at 100." Washington Post. 1/21/2016. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/stephanie-rader-undercover-spy-in-postwar-europe-dies-at-100/2016/01/21/7e2e873a-c067-11e5-bcda-62a36b394160_story.html?utm_term=.fa68e571e5ef
  • Beduya, Jose and Joe Wilensky. "WWII-era spy Stephanie Czech Rader '37 dies at age 100." http://ezramagazine.cornell.edu/Update/Jan16/EU.Stephanie.Rader.html
  • Hudak, Tim. " Stephanie Czech Rader, one of the most successful intelligence agents of post-WWII Poland." U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/25435/stephanie-czech-rader-one-the-most-successful-intelligence-agents-of-post-wwii-poland/
  • Wheelwright, Julie. "Yudenitch, Flora Sandes." Oxford Dictionary of Biography. http://proxy.bostonathenaeum.org:2055/view/article/49662
  • Sydney Morning Herald. "Stoic Nurses Stared Down a Ferocious Death." 4/25/2012. http://www.smh.com.au/national/stoic-nurses-stared-down-an-atrocious-death-20120424-1xjhb.html
  • Australian War Memorial. "Lieutenant Colonel Vivian Bullwinkel. https://www.awm.gov.au/people/P10676383/
  • Australian War Memorial. "Fifty Australians: Vivian Statham (née Bullwinkel), AO, MBE, ARRC, ED (1915–2000)." https://www.awm.gov.au/exhibitions/fiftyaustralians/5.asp
  • Zinn, Christopher. " Vivian Bullwinkel." The Guardian. 7/16/2000. https://www.theguardian.com/news/2000/jul/17/guardianobituaries
  • Topsfield, Jewel. " Australian families honour nurses lost at Bangka Island Massacre." 2/14/2017. http://www.smh.com.au/world/australian-families-honour-nurses-lost-at-bangka-island-massacre-20170213-guc8c4
  • Stockdale, Melissa K. "'My Death for the Motherland Is Happiness': Women, Patriotism, and Soldiering inRussia's Great War, 1914-1917." The American Historical Review, Vol. 109, No. 1 (February 2004). Via JSTOR. http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/530152

Topics in this Podcast: World War II, wwii, wwi, World War I, military history, European history, Espionage, Russian history, nurses, Spies, Six Impossible Episodes


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