Meet the Heroes: Soviet Platoon Commander – Yevdokiya Zavaliy aka “Frau Black Death”

When bombers flattened her village in 1941, she persuaded the commander of a cavalry regiment to take her with them to the front line, claiming to be 18 years old when she was in fact 16. In 1943, she was appointed the one and only female commander of a marines platoon. Her platoon was repeatedly deployed to the forefront of the most intense fighting, where Zavaliy led her men in daring attacks on German lines, taking part in the defense of the Caucasus, the battle for Crimea and ultimately the Soviet expansion across Eastern Europe.

She became so feared by German soldiers that they nicknamed her “Frau Black Death”.

Read the full story here:



The Miniature



Yevdokiya Zavaliy is now available in our shop and via our resellers.

In the meantime, join the Stoessi’s Heroes group on Facebook and possibly also our Facebook page, so that you don’t miss any announcements for new releases.

2 Replies to “Meet the Heroes: Soviet Platoon Commander – Yevdokiya Zavaliy aka “Frau Black Death””

  1. Todd Duckett says: Reply

    when will she be ready for release?

    1. Thomas Stoesser says: Reply

      I should receive the white metal casts shortly, so I guess in the next couple of months.

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