In Russia, women went to war, and an American journalist estimated that as many as 5000 women were serving under arms, based on her tours of front line units.
The Petrograd Women's Battalion in the field.
The First Russian Women's Battalion of Death was the only unit, however, to actively engage the Germans. They went over the top when the men in their regiment refused to do so, and broke through and occupied three lines of German trenches. They found a stash of vodka, and destroyed so that their male counterparts would not get drunk. The regimental commander could not get the men in the regiment to come to their support, so they were forced to withdraw. After the revolution, the women's battalions were disbanded due to the resentment of the men's regiments, who apparently thought their enthusiasm would prolong the war, which they wanted to end.
Many of the Russian women cut their hair short, or shaved their heads to demonstrate their commitment.[/img]