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July 1944 - Women partisan fighters in Minsk, just after liberation from the Nazis.

July 1944 - Women partisan fighters in Minsk, just after liberation from the Nazis.

Soviet women partisans who fought bravely in the WWII guerilla war against Nazi German invaders of Russia.

Soviet women partisans who fought bravely in the WWII guerilla war against Nazi German invaders of Russia.

Greek women partisans of the ELAS communist resistance join their men comrades during parade somewhere in the mountains of central Greece, 1943.

Greek women partisans of the ELAS communist resistance join their men comrades during parade somewhere in the mountains of central Greece, 1943.

Women partisans belonging the Yugoslav 1st Proletarian Brigade pose with their Czech ZBvz 26 machine guns in the village of Zharkov near Belgrade on the eve of the battle for the Yugoslav capital, Oct 14, 1944.

Women partisans belonging the Yugoslav 1st Proletarian Brigade pose with their Czech ZBvz 26 machine guns in the village of Zharkov near Belgrade on the eve of the battle for the Yugoslav capital, Oct 14, 1944.

Parisian-rebel Simone Segouin, also known by her nom de guerre “Nicole”, with a German submachine gun MP-40. She killed an unknown number of Germans and captured 25. She was present at the fall of Chartres, on August 23, 1944, and liberation of Paris. She was promoted to lieutenant, and awarded the Croix de guerre.

Parisian-rebel Simone Segouin, also known by her nom de guerre “Nicole”, with a German submachine gun MP-40. She killed an unknown number of Germans and captured 25. She was present at the fall of Chartres, on August 23, 1944, and liberation of Paris. She was promoted to lieutenant, and awarded the Croix de guerre.

Yugoslav women partisans pose for a group photo with rifles at the ready. They are all clad in British-provided kit. Women played a key role in the struggle against the Germans, often outdoing their male comrades in battle performance.

Yugoslav women partisans pose for a group photo with rifles at the ready. They are all clad in British-provided kit. Women played a key role in the struggle against the Germans, often outdoing their male comrades in battle performance.

Bronka Klibanski, 1942.  Jewish resistance. She obtained critical weapons for the Bialystok ghetto revolt, gathered intelligence, rescued other Jews and saved the secret archive of the ghetto; continued her underground activities after the Bialystok ghetto was destroyed, working with five young women to continue rescuing & helping Jews. They also smuggled weapons, supplies and medicine to the partisans in the forests near Bialystok, and were awarded medals as heroines of the USSR after the…

Bronka Klibanski, 1942. Jewish resistance. She obtained critical weapons for the Bialystok ghetto revolt, gathered intelligence, rescued other Jews and saved the secret archive of the ghetto; continued her underground activities after the Bialystok ghetto was destroyed, working with five young women to continue rescuing & helping Jews. They also smuggled weapons, supplies and medicine to the partisans in the forests near Bialystok, and were awarded medals as heroines of the USSR after the…

15 badass women of World War II you didn't learn about in history class.

15 badass women of World War II you didn't learn about in history class.

Female Partisan - Yugoslavia

Female Partisan - Yugoslavia

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