Anonymous asked: Were there any women soliders in ww2? Or were they mostly nurses?
The Red Army had many female soldiers and officers, everything from infantry to tank crews to bombing crews (holla, night witches) and, most notably, snipers. The USSR was the only power in the war to allow women to fight on the front because they were in a war of annihilation and needed every able body that could hold a rifle, to hold a rife. They didn’t have time for gender roles when the Reich was attempting to wipe them off the map. Not to mention the Soviet women were badass as fuck.
Many of the resistance movements had women partisans—the Maquis, though typically male, had female agents. As did the Netherlands resistance, Soviet, China and so on.
The offices of the OSS and SOE used women agents too because, well, who would suspect a woman to be a spy? In many cases, the women agents used the sexism of German soldiers to their advantage and were quite crafty—Lucie Aubrac comes to mind in particular because in her reports (and memoir) she states that to get her husband out of jail, she lied to German gestapo officers about being pregnant out of wedlock and having to marry him so she wouldn’t be shamed. There’s a lot of interesting stuff when it comes to women agents.
Women enlisted in the military weren’t simply nurses, they were across the board in positions; US Marines, WAVES, WAC, AWAS, WRNS, Land’s Army, etc. They helped farm (especially in GB), took up the traditional duties of men officers at home and kept things in order.
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