We have photographs documenting war all the way back to the Civil War era. However, due to camera technology, lack of color and the surreal appearance of most photographs, it’s hard to actually imagine the scene like we can with modern photographs.
That’s why Olga Shirnina took on the project of colorizing photographs of many female snipers, to give them new life.
The photography series mainly focuses on acclaimed snipers Lyudmila Pavlichenko, who is said to have killed 300 Nazi soldiers, and Roza Shanina.
Here Pavlichenko is shown in a portrait beneath a picture of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.
Pavlichenko had the nickname, “Lady Death.”
A group portrait of a group of Soviet female snipers shown with their uniforms and scoped rifles.
Images of Roza Shanina became iconic symbols for the Soviet military.
Pavlichenko shows off her rifle and camouflaged uniform.
Roza Shanina in a white uniform.
Sniper volunteer Lyuba Makarova is pictured below.
Nadezhda Kolesnikov, who was an early volunteer for the Russian sniper unit, is pictured below.
Another field portrait of Roza Shanina.
This photograph shows Roza Shanina earlier in her military career.
A more casual photo of “Lady Death” Lyudmila Pavlichenko, this time without her rifle in hand.
Yevgenia Makeeva is believed to have killed nearly 70 Nazi soldiers during operations in World War II.
Another well known female sniper, Ziba DeNoise, is shown in this photograph.
An official military portrait of Roza Shanina.
Roza Shanina was killed in combat on January 28, 1945 at just 20 years of age.