History of women in combat

Published On: Jan 24 2013 11:06:08 AM CST   Updated On: Jan 24 2013 03:19:59 PM CST

With Defense Secretary Ash Carter announcing Thursday that all U.S. military combat positions will now be open to women, take a look at the role women have played in major combats throughout history.

Women in Combat - Germany
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Other countries, like Germany, the Soviet Union and Poland, put women on the front lines during World War II. Roza Shanina (pictured), a decorated Soviet sniper, was credited with 54 hits.

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