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kaiserjohann wrote:I always wandered why the soviets let their womans to fight and see live action in the front. Was that they really needed them in the front, or because they thought theirselves as more "progressives than the allies or the germans"?
RCW Mark wrote: Women fought in WWI for Russia -- both in units with men and in all-female units
Add to this the Communist ideal that women should be treated equally with men that you mention.
The Literary Digest (19th June, 1915):
There appears to be no sex-antagonism in Russia. Indeed the line of sex cleavage is of the very faintest. Men and women do not lead separate lives. They work side by side normally, whether in the fields or as students of medicine, politics and the like in universities. And, as every one knows, there are (or were before the war changed everything) as many women Anarchists as men. It is only natural that the iron-hearted and adventurous should desire to share in the great adventure.
Maria Bochkareva to the Women's Death Battalion on the steps of St. Isaac's Cathedral in Petrograd in June 1917:
Come with us in the name of your fallen heroes. Come with us to dry the tears and heal the wounds of Russia. Protect her with yours lives. We women are turning into tigresses to protect our children from a shameful yoke - to protect the freedom of our country.
Auser wrote:As a general rule they don`t.
Especially if compared to infatry or armor troops.
RCW Mark wrote:(I agree with this completely BTW. It has always bothered me that my country will force men to fight, but refuse to let women volunteer to!)
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