I Swear

(Photo: "The Motherland Is Calling," Mother Russia holds the Red Army Oath of Allegiance.) As soon as Lily and the others who volunteered for the women's regiments arrived at the military air training base in Engels, their hair was cut and they swore the soldiers' oath, which was long and awfully demanding. Let's compare the... Continue Reading →

The Soldier’s Oath

(Photo: "The Motherland Is Calling," Mother Russia holds the Red Army Oath of Allegiance.) As soon as Lily and the others who volunteered for the women's regiments arrived at the military air training base in Engels, their hair was cut and they swore the soldiers' oath, which was long and awfully demanding. Let's compare the... Continue Reading →

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Lily Litvyak was a young fighter pilot in WW2, flying in the most intense air battles on the eastern front. She was a bundle of contradictions: feminine and fierce, patriotic and secretive. Digging out the truth has been a challenge. Each of the posts on this blog is a moment drawn from a thousand pages... Continue Reading →

A Moment Of Joy

This is my favourite photo of Lily because it's spontaneous. Usually photos of soldiers are stiff and posed, but you can really see the affection among these comrades, here. Lily has just returned to her regiment after a few weeks in Moscow, recovering from battle wounds. It's spring of 1943. Her commander, "Papa" (Nikolai) Baranov--Lieutenant... Continue Reading →

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