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You should consider reading the book and some of the cites before making up your mind. You might gain knowledge which would cause you to reconsider your position.

For now, I will point out that anti-aircraft troops were combat troops whether or not they were infantry troops. The Soviets may have started with an all male army, but this is just one instance (out of many) of women fighting ferociously and effectively when pressed into service.

There are other descriptions of female medics crawling forward under the line of fire, pulling wounded soldiers out of the battlefield, pulling them onto their shoulders and carrying them to safety.

Hawkwin: "We will never know if they were as effective someone actually trained for ground warfare."

If you read the book you will learn that we do know the answer to that question. They were VERY effective based upon a review of the descriptions of the battle by German officers and soldiers in the field and of their shock in learning that the they were women.

By way of background, the Panzers and Luftwaffe had already conquered France, Belgium and the Netherlands in 35 days, and had crushed the Russian army, taking more than one million prisoners and casualities in short order on the way to Stalingrad.

The women who were overrun were overrun by an army Panzer tanks and Messersmith fighther planes, and junkers bombers that appeared to be poised to conquer the Soviets in short order. They were in rubble that had already bombed by the greatest bombing raid in history up to that point, and they were armed with nothing but anti-aircraft guns that they used on aircraft and tanks.

I can't force you to learn the facts, but you may be surprised if you take the time to learn them before arguing without bothering to learn them.
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