Tatyana Ignatovna Kostyrina
Татьяна Игнатовна Костырина
Kropotkin, Krasnodar Krai, Soviet Union
|Died||22 November 1943|
|Years of service||1942–1943|
|Unit||691st Rifle Regiment|
|Battles/wars||Eastern Front of World War II †|
|Awards||Hero of the Soviet Union|
Kostyrina was born in 1924 to a Ukrainian peasant family in Kropotkin, Krasnodar. Not much else is known about her life before she joined the Red Army other than that she graduated from eight classes of secondary school before she joined the military.
Kostyrina joined the Red Army in August 1942 and graduated from sniper courses. She fought as a sniper in the 691st Rifle Regiment of the 383rd Rifle Division, Separate Coastal Army in battles for Kuban, Kerch, and Crimea. She died in the battle for Adzhimushka, in which she killed 15 enemies after taking over the duties of the battalion commander, leading her battalion into the flight and remaining on the battlefield even after she was wounded in hand-to-hand combat. In a fight in the trenches a German soldier rushed at her but Kostyrina shot him first only to be killed by a stray enemy bullet. In total throughout her military career she killed 120 enemy combats, for which she was recommended for the title Hero of the Soviet Union the day she died in battle by Major-General Gorbachev, which was posthumously awarded in 1944 with an Order of Lenin.