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She was born the eldest of five children in Siberia. Her family moved to the Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic following the ill health of her father Alexei who had enlisted in the Red Army in 1942 before being killed in the battle for Voronezh in October of the same year.
Training and service
Lobkovskaya was one of 300 women sent to Veshnyaki to train as snipers.
From February 1945 until the end of the war, Lobkovskaya commanded a company of female snipers who eventually saw action in the Battle of Berlin.
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