SEPTEMBER 17: Little Mashen, Soviet heroine


ON THIS DATE in 1941, sixteen-year-old Soviet Mariya Borovichenko reportedly captured 10 German soldiers while on a World War II scouting mission.

Nicknamed “Little Mashen from Mousetrap,” Borovichenko once shot and killed two Germans during a rescue of her battlefield commander, according to Henry Sakaida in Heroines of the Soviet Union 1941-45. On another occasion, she single-handedly captured a German officer.

On July 14, 1943, Borovichenko was killed when struck by the shrapnel of an exploding shell moments after she’d disabled a German tank with a grenade.

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