Lyudmila Pavlichenko

1916 - 1974

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Lyudmila Mikhailovna Pavlichenko, (Russian: Людми́ла Миха́йловна Павличе́нко; Ukrainian: Людмила Михайлівна Павличенко, née Belova; 12 July [O.S. 30 May] 1916 – 10 October 1974) was a Soviet sniper in the Red Army during World War II, who was credited with 309 deaths, making her the most successful female sniper in recorded history.She served in the Red Army during the siege of Odessa and the siege of Sevastopol, during the early stages of the fighting on the Eastern Front. After she was injured in battle by a mortar shell, she was evacuated to Moscow. After she had recovered from her injuries she trained other Red Army snipers and was a public spokesperson for the Red Army. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lyudmila Pavlichenko has received more than 3,171,880 page views. Her biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Lyudmila Pavlichenko is the 71st most popular military personnel (up from 78th in 2019), the 22nd most popular biography from Ukraine (down from 19th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Military Personnel.

Lyudmila Pavlichenko was a Soviet sniper during World War II. She was most famous for her 309 confirmed kills, which is the most of any female sniper in history.

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Among military personnels, Lyudmila Pavlichenko ranks 71 out of 1,468Before her are Joseph Radetzky von Radetz, Bernard Montgomery, Charles X Gustav of Sweden, Ferdinand Foch, Seleucus I Nicator, and Edward Smith. After her are Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, Michel Ney, Günther von Kluge, Ivan Konev, Mikhail Tukhachevsky, and Eugène de Beauharnais.

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Among people born in 1916, Lyudmila Pavlichenko ranks 8Before her are François Mitterrand, Kirk Douglas, Gregory Peck, Elena Ceaușescu, Francis Crick, and Aldo Moro. After her are Olivia de Havilland, Roald Dahl, Hans-Ulrich Rudel, Claude Shannon, Harold Wilson, and Ahmed Ben Bella. Among people deceased in 1974, Lyudmila Pavlichenko ranks 7Before her are Oskar Schindler, Charles Lindbergh, Georgy Zhukov, Georges Pompidou, Juan Perón, and James Chadwick. After her are Vittorio De Sica, Amin al-Husseini, Pär Lagerkvist, Baldur von Schirach, U Thant, and Imre Lakatos.

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Among people born in Ukraine, Lyudmila Pavlichenko ranks 22 out of 1,083Before her are Bohdan Khmelnytsky (1595), Svetlana Alexievich (1948), Taras Shevchenko (1814), Sviatoslav I of Kiev (942), Kliment Voroshilov (1881), and Anna Akhmatova (1889). After her are Stanisław Leszczyński (1677), Leonid Kuchma (1938), Vaslav Nijinsky (1889), Ludwig von Mises (1881), Viktor Yushchenko (1954), and Wilhelm Reich (1897).


Among military personnels born in Ukraine, Lyudmila Pavlichenko ranks 2Before her are Bohdan Khmelnytsky (1595). After her are Nestor Makhno (1888), Andrey Yeryomenko (1892), Ivan Paskevich (1782), Alexander Samsonov (1859), Roman Shukhevych (1907), Mikhail Kirponos (1892), Tadeusz Bór-Komorowski (1895), Alfred Redl (1864), Grigory Kulik (1890), and Pavel Batitsky (1910).