Women's Battalion of Death Bibliography

Query: From Katherine Burger Johnson
kbjohn01@ulkyvm.louisville.edu 18 March 1996

I have a general question about the Women's Battalion of Death. When I mentioned this to the professor of Russian history when I was in graduate school, he told me that the Battalion was a myth and there was no reliable primary sources to support its activities. I though that was strange because I had seen it mentioned quite often. Could someone send information on sources? Thanks.


Bochkareva(or Botchkareva) Maria L.(with Issac Don Lvine): Yashka: My Life as a Peasant, Officer and Exile; NY, Frederick A. Stokes Co., 1919

Bryant, Louise: Six Months in Russia: An Observer's Account of Russia Before and During the Proletarian Dictatorship; NY, Geo. H. Doran Company, 1918

Dorr, Rheta Child: Title unknown; copy at Univ. of Iowa

Edmondson, Linda, Ed. Women and Society in Russia and The Soviet Union; Cambridge, Cambridge U. Press, 1992

Farmborough, Florence: Nurse At The Russian Front: A Diary 1914-1918

Kerensky, Alexander: mentions in his memoirs...no title

MacKenzie, Midge: Shoulder to Shoulder: A Documentary; Knopf, 1975

Mandel, William M. : The Soviet Women; Garden City,NY; Anchor Books, 1975

Mitrofanova, A.V. Rabochy klass SSSR v gody Velikoi Otechestvennoi voiny [The Working Class of the USSR during the Great Patriotic War]; Moscow, Nauka, 1971

Reed, John: mentions in his book...no title

Stites, Richard: The Women's Liberation Movement in Russia; Feminism, Nihlism and Bolshevism, 1860-1930; Princeton, NJ; Princeton U Press, 1978

Wheelwright, Julie: Amazons and Military Maids: Women Who Dressed AS Men in Pursuit of Life, Liberty and Happiness; London, Pandora, 1989

Articles, Journals, etc:

"Protokoly doprosov organizatora Petrogradskogo zhenskogo balal'ona smerti." Otechestvennye arhiv,1 (1994): 50-66 Bochkareva's 1920 depositions to the police at the time of her arrest by the Bolsheviks.

Allen, Mary Dissertation: "Soviet Amazons? Women's Partcipation in the Red Army, 1918-1945"

Drokov, Sergei Vladimirovich: "Organizator Zhenskogo batl'ona smerti." ["The Organizer of the Women's Battalion of Death."] Voprosy Istorii 7 (1993): 164-

Ivanova, Yu. N.: "Prekrasneishie iz khrabrykh." ["The Fairest of the Brave."] Voenno-istoricheskii zhurnal 3 (1994): 93-96

Medvedeva, Liudmila: "Zhenschina v pogonakh (ili bez onykh)." [Woman in SHoulder-Boards(or Without Them)."] Znamia 2 (1990): 160-169

Roberts, Mary Fanton, Inc. The Touchstone; "The Battalion of Death, Made Up of Women Soldiers Who Are Today Fighting Russia's Battle" by Michael Posner, September, 1917

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