13 Responses to “Mariya Oktyabrskaya”

  1. sssssss

    that soviet war period alone could be source material for loads of rejected princesses http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_women_in_World_War_II ” Nearly 200,000 were decorated and 89 eventually received the Soviet Union’s highest award, the Hero of the Soviet Union. Some served as pilots,[2] snipers, machine gunners, tank crew members and partisans, as well as in auxiliary roles.[3]”

  2. Jonathan Hughes

    Two notes on the art. (I’m a bit of a WWII nerd.)
    1) The hull machine gun sticks out so far that it’d be pretty much impossible to sit like that, unless she had her right leg hooked over the gun, or the gun is behind her (traversed all the way to the left) and she’s leaning on it (which I suspect is the case)
    2) Which variant of the T-34? The two most notable ones are the initial versions (with a 76mm gun) and the T-34-85 (with an 85mm gun to rival the Tiger’s 88mm gun). The latter had to have a redesigned turret to hold the gun, and it’s hard to tell which type the drawing is. Your T-34 turret seems to be as large as the 85mm version but it appears to be shaped like the 76mm version. (I might just be blind on this one, since I’ve never actually seen either version up close.)

  3. Dusty Ayres

    This is a great bio-I’d love to use it to refute what this guy has said about women in the military.

  4. Jason Porath

    1) Totally. I freely admit I just left out the machine gun in the art notes. I think the actual pose is technically impossible. :)
    2) Unsure which variant. I found a low-res 3d model online that appeared to be more or less correct, and used it as reference to draw Fighting Girlfriend. :)

  5. Jason Porath

    Unsure who you’re talking about — the link didn’t come through! As for women in the military… well, if anyone doubts they exist, I have a list of around 500 women dating back to 15th century BCE that begs to differ.

  6. juan pena

    My respect to these women who died defending their country, they did it for their countrymen not Stalin,that is something that everyone should learn
    ,and remember.when people read about these beautiful and fascinating women.

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  8. D.S. Ryelle

    I think she’s next week!

  9. Nicolas Flamme

    Even heard about some Finnish sniper the Soviets nicknamed “Bela Smertch”? ;-)

  10. Jason Porath

    I’m guessing you’re talking about Simo Hayha. He’s an impressive guy. I don’t find his story as relatable or human as Pavlichenko’s, but he’s got a neat resume.

  11. Eyal Neumann

    How do we know it is real?