Bethanne Patrick. Your purchase helps support NPR programming. While the peninsular Russian province of Kamchatka is not exactly in Sarah Palin's sightline, its far, far Eastern and Northern coordinates make it more like Nome than Moscow. Rife with wildlife, volcanoes, and treacherous topography, it's also almost inaccessible, with no major roads connecting it to the rest of Russia — because it was a closed military zone until
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Stories about military history often focus on battlefield tactics and strategy. When they do focus on people, it is usually on a male soldier. This is doubly amazing because it suggests women were a significant part of the fighting forces and that they provoked a visceral reaction from the Germans who captured them. Ancient battlefields were often just outside their city walls, and rulers formed armies composed of people who were normally peace-time farmers. With limited manpower, the bulk of the conscripts were needed for fighting. The remaining camp followers transported supplies, prepared the food, and performed other non-combat functions in order to maximize the availability of men for combat.
In the Shadows
The experienced trekking group, who were all from the Ural Polytechnical Institute , had established a camp on the slopes of Kholat Syakhl , in an area now named in honour of the group's leader, Igor Dyatlov. During the night, something caused them to cut their way out of their tents and flee the campsite while inadequately dressed for the heavy snowfall and subzero temperatures. After the group's bodies were discovered, an investigation by Soviet authorities determined that six had died from hypothermia while the other three had been killed by physical trauma.
In the weeks and years that followed, many of their identities became known, while others still go by identifying nicknames such as "Umbrella Man" or "Badge Man". Conspiracy theories have abounded since that day, including ones surrounding "Babushka Lady," so-called because the mystery woman was wearing what looked like a Russian head scarf. We can only see the back of her, but she wears a long tan coat, holds her arms up by her face, and stands with a wide stance. In another video, taken by U.