Senior Sergeant Roza Shanina (born April 3, 1924) was a Soviet sniper during World War II, credited with 54 confirmed kills, including 12 snipers.
“The essence of my happiness is fighting for the happiness of others. It’s strange, why is it that in grammar, the word “happiness” can only be singular? That is counter to its meaning, after all. […] If it turns necessary to die for the common happiness, then I’m ready to.”
In a letter dated January 17, Shanina noted she might die soon because her battalion had lost 72 out of 78 people.
Killed in action January 28, 1945