[TRIGGER WARNING: WAR, DEATH, NAZIS]
I've been over the basics of WWII more times than would ever be necessary because middle aged white people seem to be unreasonably obsessed with that fucking war, but I have not once in my life heard about this woman until now.
Mariya Oktyabrskaya learned that her husband had been killed by Nazis and responded by going on a TANK RAMPAGE. Thanks to the Tumblr blog Ultra Facts for this one.
Most of the men fighting alongside Mariya just saw her as a publicity stunt and didn’t take her seriously. However, their doubts were quickly laid to rest when Mariya drove her tank straight into battle and was the first tank to breach the German lines. In doing so, she destroyed several machine gun nests and German artillery. It wasn’t long until the Germans figured out that her tank was the one they needed to really worry about.
The Germans immediately started focusing their gunfire on her medium Mariya-Vasilievna-Oktyabrskayasized tank, temporarily crippling it. Mariya didn’t sell all her worldly possessions just so she could sit around in a crippled tank. She was determined to get her vengeance. She leaped out of her tank into a hail of gunfire and started patching it back together so that she could charge even further into the enemy lines.
I would have been a lot more interested in high school history class if she had been part of the fucking lesson plan.
"You killed by husband? Fine then, I'm selling all my possessions to buy a FUCKING TANK. HOW ABOUT THAT."
I hope I come to be that much of a badass.