The 12 Russian snipers responsible for the deaths of 775 German soldiers during World War II, 1945.

These girls are something out of a Tarantino movie – a troop of highly skilled female assassins who are a thorn in the side of the Nazis, they look good and they shoot even better. While American forces kept female participation in World War II to a minimum, over 2,000 women were trained as snipers in the Soviet Army and deployed to some of the war’s most dangerous areas.

After the war, sniper Lyudmila “Lady Death” Pavlichenko boasted: “We mowed the Hitlerites like ripe grain.” Pavlichenko was recalled from field service after a shrapnel blast hit her in the face, but in one year she killed 309 German soldiers, including 36 enemy snipers.