As many as 14 million Soviet troops lost their lives in the fight against Hitler, presumably leaving behind millions of grieving parents, children and wives. But for one Russian woman, Mariya Oktyabrskaya, grief after the death of her husband in action wasn’t enough. She wanted revenge, and she set about getting it in the most extraordinary and determined way.
The Russians call what we know as World War II the Great Patriotic War. While the war in western Europe started in 1939, it didn’t commence for the Soviet Union until 1941. That was because up until then the Nazi-Soviet pact had guaranteed that neither country would attack the other.