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Marina Yurlova served in uniform as a fighting Cossack, volunteering in 1914 at the age of 14. Though repeatedly wounded in combat, she returned to military service and repeatedly won the St. George's Cross for bravery. Through the war and revolution, Marina encountered Turks, Kurds and Reds, drove cars and trucks, fought for the Czech Legion, trekked overland across Siberia, and finally boarded a ship at Vladivostok to travel to Japan in 1919. Remarkably, whenever asked, Marina never denied she was a girl.
She distills these five years of her life into a captivating narrative, filled with observations and impressions of places and people Marina encountered in her extensive travels through Russia.
Recommended For Adult Readers Only
This book contains graphic descriptions and photos of war-time horrors the author witnessed during World War I and the Russian Revolution. It also contains passages that may distress members of certain ethnic or religious groups, and also describes adult situations and themes. Although it describes experiences of a teen serving in a war, it is not suitable reading for children.
Written by Marina Yurlova