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

What are the Enablers & Barriers to Workplace Breastfeeding in the Armed Forces?

Research Paper Title Enablers and barriers to workplace breastfeeding in the Armed Forces: a systematic review. Background The UK has no legislation protecting employees’ access to breastfeeding facilities. Without specific breastfeeding policy, provisions to access workplace facilities can be inconsistent and negatively impact employees’ breastfeeding duration, retention and morale, particularly servicewomen who work in varied… Read More

First Female RLC Commando

In December 2020, Captain Eve Newton became the first female in the Royal Logistics Corps (RLC) to pass the All Arms Commando Course (AACC). Newton completed the gruelling course without interruption, and joins an exclusive club of a handful of Service women to gain the coveted green beret. Newton is currently Admin Officer of 23… Read More

What is the Risk of Musculoskeletal Injury in Infantry Training for Women?

Research Paper Title Understanding the musculoskeletal injury risk of women in combat: the effect of infantry training and sex on musculoskeletal injury incidence during British Army basic training. Background Until recently, women were excluded from British combat roles. Their risk for musculoskeletal injury during basic training is two to three times higher than men. To… Read More