Who was Irina Levchenko?

Introduction Irina Nikolaevna Levchenko (Russian: Ирина Николаевна Левченко; 15 March 1924 to 08 January 1973) was a tank commander in the Red Army during the Second World War. For her actions during the war, she was made a Hero of the Soviet Union in 1965. Refer to Aleksandra Boiko, Aleksandra Samusenko, and Mariya Oktyabrskaya. Early… Read More

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Who was Mariya Oktyabrskaya?

Introduction Mariya Vasilyevna Oktyabrskaya (Russian: Мария Васильевна Октябрьская; 16 August 1905 to 15 March 1944) was a Soviet tank driver and mechanic who fought on the Eastern Front against Nazi Germany during World War II. After her husband was killed fighting in 1941, Oktyabrskaya sold her possessions to donate a tank for the war effort,… Read More

Who was Aleksandra Samusenko?

Introduction Aleksandra Grigoryevna Samusenko (Russian: Александра Григорьевна Самусенко, Ukrainian: Олександра Григорівна Самусенко, Oleksandra Hryhorivna Samusenko; 1922 to 03 March 1945) was a Soviet T-34 tank commander and a liaison officer during World War II. She was the only female tanker in the 1st Guards Tank Army. Samusenko was awarded the Order of the Red Star… Read More

Who was Aleksandra Boiko?

Introduction Aleksandra Leontievna Boiko (Russian: Александра Леонтьевна Бойко; 20 May 1918 to 25 May 1996) was a tank commander in the Soviet Army active in the Eastern Front of the Second World War. Refer to Aleksandra Samusenko, Mariya Oktyabrskaya, and Irina Levchenko. Biography Aleksandra Leontievna Morisheva was born in Belebey, Bashkortostan, Soviet Union. She graduated… Read More

Logistical Ball & Chain…

“Logistics is the ball and chain of armoured warfare.” Heinz Guderian (1888 to 1954) Heinz Wilhelm Guderian was German general and tank expert, who became one of the principal architects of armoured warfare and the blitzkrieg between World Wars I and II. He contributed decisively to Germany’s victories in Poland, France, and the Soviet Union… Read More

New Conditions & Modifying the Principles of War

“No new weapons can be introduced without changing conditions, and every change in condition will demand a modification in the application ofthe principles of war.” Major General John Frederick Charles ‘Boney’ Fuller, CB, CBE, DSO (1878 to 1966) was a senior British Army officer, military historian, and strategist. Notable as an early theorist of modern… Read More

Prepared Positions: Motorised vs Non-motorised

“Non-motorised infantry divisions are only of value against a motorised and armoured enemy when occupying prepared positions. If these positions are pierced or outflanked, a withdrawal will leave them helpless victims of the motorised enemy, with nothing else to do but hold on in their positions to the last round.” (Rommel, 1953, p198). Field-Marshal Erwin… Read More