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For years women have been fighting in wars and conflict.

Although the US ban on women fighting in combat was only lifted 1994, throughout history other nations have allowed women to fight alongside men for of years.

Nearly 800,000 women served in the Soviet Armed forces during WW2.

The Soviet Union deployed women snipers extensively and to great effect. The Soviets found that sniper duties fit women well, since good snipers are patient, deliberate, have a high level of aerobic conditioning and avoid hand to hand combat.

This women I photographed at WW2 days represents Ukrainian Lyudmila Pavlichenko who is believed to have killed over 300 German soldiers.

In my last post I failed to mention all the women that have suffered and served to defend our current freedoms. I post this image now, to honor all the women that served to protect us.