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Soviet women soldiers
Date Sunday September 17
Time 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location Details
Niebyl-Protor Marxist Library
6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)
Event Type Speaker
Organizer/AuthorEugene E. Ruyle
Emailcuyleruyle [at]
Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library

Soviet women soldiers

While this would focus on WWII, I would also do a brief overview of Russian women combatants in WWI, the revolution and civil war.  Not many people know that Russian women fought in relatively large numbers, compared with other countries, in WWI and that after the revolution Soviet Russia was the first country to officially endorse and recruit women into the Red Army in both combat and support roles.  This was enthusiastically promoted by Lenin, as well as female Bolsheviks. A little known fact: women fought on BOTH sides during the storming of the Winter Palace!
Of course women always get the short end, but among Russian revolutionaries from 1860 on they played  prominent, including leadership, roles in the various organizations--terrorist, anarchist and Marxist.  This was in contrast with other European revolutionary movements during the same period where they were sometimes prominent, but never in the numbers and consistency as in Russia.
Our speaker will be Al Sargis, Coordinator, Friedrich Engels Institute of Marxist War and Military Analysis

Sun, Sept 17, 2017 – 10:30am-12:30pm
6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)

FREE - but hat will be passed for donations to NPML

About Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library
A weekly discussion series inspired by our respect for the work of Karl Marx and our belief that his work will remain as important for the class struggles of the future as they have been for the past.

For info or to subscribe to our weekly announcements,
Call Gene Ruyle at 510-332-3865 or email: cuyleruyle [at]
For our full schedule, go to

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