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)

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. We talk about Sergeant Milunka Savić, Captain Flora Sandes, Major Lyudmila Pavlichenko, Lieutenant-Colonel Vivian Bullwinkel, the 1st Russian Women's Battalion of Death, and Captain Stephanie Czech Rader.

The Rejected Princesses episode on Lyudmila Pavlichenko:

And here is the toast to Kentucky Colonels we talked about in the episode:

Tracy's Research:

  • O'Neill, Therese. "5 of the Fiercest One-Liners in History." Mental Floss. 9/6/2013.
  • " Milunka Savić: The Forgotten WWI Heroine."
  • Ministry of Defense of Serbia. "Exhibition dedicated to Milunka Savic opens in Serbian Armed Forces Central Military Club." 9/25/2013.
  • Lockie, Alex. "Meet the world's deadliest female sniper who terrorized Hitler's Nazi army." 10/12/2015.
  • King, Gilbert. " Eleanor Roosevelt and the Soviet Sniper." Smithsonian. 2/21/2013.
  • Bernstein, Adam. " Stephanie Rader, undercover spy in postwar Europe, dies at 100." Washington Post. 1/21/2016.
  • Beduya, Jose and Joe Wilensky. "WWII-era spy Stephanie Czech Rader '37 dies at age 100."
  • Hudak, Tim. " Stephanie Czech Rader, one of the most successful intelligence agents of post-WWII Poland." U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Wheelwright, Julie. "Yudenitch, Flora Sandes." Oxford Dictionary of Biography.
  • Sydney Morning Herald. "Stoic Nurses Stared Down a Ferocious Death." 4/25/2012.
  • Australian War Memorial. "Lieutenant Colonel Vivian Bullwinkel.
  • Australian War Memorial. "Fifty Australians: Vivian Statham (née Bullwinkel), AO, MBE, ARRC, ED (1915–2000)."
  • Zinn, Christopher. " Vivian Bullwinkel." The Guardian. 7/16/2000.
  • Topsfield, Jewel. " Australian families honour nurses lost at Bangka Island Massacre." 2/14/2017.
  • 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.

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