Memoirs of a female “death battalion” participant about how the unit fought against theft

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Memoirs of a female “death battalion” participant about how the unit fought against theft

Maria Bocharnikova became the commander of one of the first female “death battalions” that participated in battles to a limited extent during the First World War. These paramilitary formations began to be created in Russia by the Provisional Government in 1917, primarily with the aim of raising general morale. In addition, it was believed that sending women to the front was supposed to shame male soldiers who refused to fight.

In her memoirs, Bocharnikova, who joined the “death battalion” at the age of 18, tells how a thief was once punished in the formation.



The book describes a situation when, after catching a criminal red-handed, members of the battalion who had suffered from her activities began beating the offender. However, the company commander stopped them, saying that he would not tolerate lynching. As a result, the thief was sent to the battalion commander, who pronounced his sentence.

Bocharnikova notes that Captain Lozkov’s verdict was clear and short – get out of the battalion.

However, the criminal was unable to avoid punishment from her colleagues. As the author of the memoirs writes, one of the battalion members offered to teach the thief a final lesson, so that others would be discouraged.

Ultimately, having received permission from the company commander, the girls tied the hands of those being expelled back, placing a knot in them. A piece of paper with the inscription “thief” was pinned on his chest. Then, in this form, she was led through several blocks of Petrograd.

The measure worked. Until the end of the battalion's existence, not a single theft occurred.

- Bocharnikova writes in her memoirs.

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  1. +5
    February 1 2024
    It is necessary to write not about these “heroes”, but about Vera Ivanova, at the age of 8 she had three military awards, fought bravely as the “daughter of a regiment”, there were others like that, lost her parents early, joined a military unit and saved the life of the commander in the battles for Konigsberg, for this he was entitled to at least the Order of the Red Star. On September 1945, XNUMX, first-grader Vera Ivanova entered the classroom with three military awards on her chest. An eight-year-old girl made the whole country talk about herself.
    1. -6
      February 1 2024
      Take it and write, and don’t tell others what to write or not write.
      1. +5
        February 1 2024
        To whom and what am I pointing out? I express exactly my point of view and do not impose it on anyone. Everyone is interested in history to the extent that they want to know. Youth should be educated not using the examples of “death battalions”, but using the example of love for life.
        Who will tell me that I did not fight,
        That I didn't deserve my Victory,
        That I was too young in age
        And that I don’t know the prices of front-line bread...
      2. +4
        February 1 2024
        Quote: Cartalon
        Take it and write, and don’t tell others what to write or not write.

        Not everyone is given the ability to write. I know a person who writes texts that are amazing in their logic and easy to read. But he can't speak at all. If he has to do this, then his speech is not much better than the speech of the famous mayor of Kyiv, nicknamed Cicero
    2. +4
      February 1 2024
      Maria Bocharnikova... was supposed to shame the male soldiers,

      My God, isn't the author ashamed? How careless with the last name.
      Maria Bochkareva!
      1. +2
        February 1 2024
        Quote: Clear
        How careless with the last name.
        Maria Bochkareva!

        The author was in such a hurry with the “stunning news” that he got a little mixed up. However, the proposed method is unacceptable to us. Can you imagine HOW MANY people would need to be paraded through the city streets today with the word “thief” written on their chest? laughing
        1. +3
          February 1 2024
          Quote: Egoza
          Can you imagine HOW MANY people would need to be marched through the city streets today with the word “thief” written on their chest?

          Certainly. But it is also important who exactly leads winked
      2. +2
        February 1 2024
        The author is simply not very aware that Maria Bochkareva, the battalion commander, and Maria Bocharnikova, a private of this very battalion, are different people.
        The first, according to one version, was shot in the 20th (although some argue that not - she escaped, changed her last name and lived for a long time) and for obvious reasons did not leave memoirs.
        The second lived a fairly long life and in the 40s began writing her memoirs.
      3. -2
        February 1 2024
        You should be ashamed. Bocharnikova and Bochkareva are two different people. Even with the same names. Check it out at your leisure
        1. 0
          February 2 2024
          Quote: Ahilles86
          You should be ashamed. Bocharnikova and Bochkareva are two different people. Even with the same names. Check it out at your leisure

          Stop making things up, my dear. After these publications, other media refer to Military Review, and there is no need to lower the authority of the site.
          Bochkareva Maria Leontievna (nee Frolkova, July 1889 - May 1920)

          If you publish, check your sources in archival documents. They are in the public domain.
          1. 0
            February 2 2024
            Again)

            These are the memoirs of Maria Bocharnikova. You can even download and read: “VOLUNTEERS” Author: Tatyana Varnek, Maria Bocharnikova, Zinaida Mokievskaya-Zubok.

            “The memoirs published in this collection are a few more pages from the history of the First World War, which turned into the Civil War in Russia.

            The fate of the female memoirists turned out to be similar: very young, seized by a patriotic impulse, they rushed to the front to become part of the Russian Army, which fought against an external enemy."

            No one denies the existence of Maria Bochkareva. But in this case, we are not talking about her. Memories in an article by Maria Bocharnikova
            1. +1
              February 2 2024
              Quote: Ahilles86
              Again)

              These are the memoirs of Maria Bocharnikova. You can even download and read: “VOLUNTEERS” Author: Tatyana Varnek, Maria Bocharnikova, Zinaida Mokievskaya-Zubok.

              “The memoirs published in this collection are a few more pages from the history of the First World War, which turned into the Civil War in Russia.

              The fate of the female memoirists turned out to be similar: very young, seized by a patriotic impulse, they rushed to the front to become part of the Russian Army, which fought against an external enemy."

              No one denies the existence of Maria Bochkareva. But in this case, we are not talking about her. Memories in an article by Maria Bocharnikova

              Vasily, are you serious? artistic images Alexander Isaevich Solzhenitsyn Do you want to put it above archival documents? lol
              By the way, would you mind sharing a photo of this one?
              Maria Bocharnikova became the commander of one of the first female “death battalions”... 1917


              Py.Sy.
              Personally for me Solzhenitsyn A.I. just a liar! He lied when he wrote about the USSR in the USSR, he lied when he wrote about the USSR in the West, he lied about the West when he was in Russia! He always lied to everyone! But as a writer he is zero!
      4. +1
        February 1 2024
        Quote: Clear
        My God, isn't the author ashamed? How careless with the last name.
        Maria Bochkareva!

        Maria Leontievna Bochkareva (née Frolkova; July 1889 - May 16, 1920) - one of the first Russian female officers, lieutenant.
        Bochkareva created the first female shock battalion of death in the history of the Russian army. Knight of the St. George's Cross. Wikipedia
        Born: July 1889, Novgorod province
        Died: May 16, 1920 (30 years old), Krasnoyarsk, RSFSR

        * * *
        Maria Bocharnikova was born in 1889 in the Novgorod region in the village...
        ...On May 16, 1920, she was executed along with other White Guards. She was 31 years old.

        It is very doubtful that there are two different women with such similar biographical facts.
    3. 0
      February 1 2024
      In the early 70s, I talked with a participant in the so-called assault on Winter Palace, the future commander of the 1st Cavalry.
      My hair stood on end when he spoke as correctly as possible about what the Red Guards did to the soldiers of the women’s battalion.
  2. +2
    February 1 2024
    . They tied the hands of the person being driven back, putting a knot in them. A piece of paper with the inscription “thief” was pinned on his chest. Then, in this form, she was led through several blocks of Petrograd.

    Too humane! Why write this? Over there in Saudi Arabia people are whipping people in the square to the joy of the crowd. And for repeat theft, your hand will be cut off. Civilization!

    The Khikhls, by the way, are not far from the Saudis with their public punishments, tying to poles and torture.
    1. 0
      February 1 2024
      Quote: Stas157
      The Khikhls, by the way, are not far from the Saudis with their public punishments, tying to poles and torture.

      Zelensky stole so much there that it’s time for him to chop off both his hands and hang him by his feet, to the joy of the people of Kiev...

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