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Marie Ljalková (born December 3, 1920) was a Czech sniper in the Soviet
Army during World
War II. Ljalková (née Petrušáková) was born in Horodenka, Ukraine to a family of Volhynian Czechs. She lost
her parents at the age 12; afterwards she lived with her aunt in
Stanisławow (today Ivano-Frankivs'k,
Ukraine). She met her first husband, Michal Ljalko, here.
After the Nazi attack on the USSR, Ljalková joined the 1st
Czechoslovak Independent Field Battalion as a volunteer in March
1942, aged 21, and graduated from a three-month sniper school in Buzuluk.
Her first combat experience came during the three-day Battle of
Sokolovo (March 8 - March 11, 1943) when she was credited with
killing seven German soldiers, earning her immediate
ace status. She later became a sniper instructor of the
Czechoslovak and Soviet infantry, and was at some point an
She was credited with at least 30 confirmed kills during the
earned recognition with the Soviet Order of the Red Star and the Czechoslovak War
After the war, she studied medicine, and worked as a military
doctor in Olomouc and in the
Central Military Hospital in Prague. After that she was moved to Brno
hospital where she met her second husband, Václav Lastovecký. She
eventually attained the rank of colonel, but due to health problems she left
the Army and started to work as a tourist guide for Russian
speaking tourists. She currently lives in Brno.