Manshuk Mametova

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Manshuk Mametova
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Kazakhstan stamp with Manshuk Mametova
Born 23 October 1922
Died 15 October 1943(1943-10-15) (aged 20)
Allegiance  Soviet Union
Awards Hero of the Soviet Union Order of Lenin
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The statue of Manshuk Mametova in Oral, Kazakhstan

Manshuk "Mansiya" Zhiengalievna Mametova or Mänşük Jïenğaliqizi Mämetova (Kazakh: Мәншүк Жиенғалиқызы Мәметова; Russian: Маншук Жиенгалиевна Маметова; (23 October 1922 - 15 October 1943) was a Soviet Kazakh machine gunner of the 21st Rifle Division of the 3rd Guard Shock Army and the first Soviet Asian woman to receive the Hero of the Soviet Union medal for acts of bravery.

Orphaned at very young age, Manshuk Mametova spent her childhood in Almaty, under care of A. Mametova. At the time the Second World War began, she was studying at Almaty Medical Institute.

She had been taken to war as a volunteer in 1942. As a machine gunner, she showed bravery and courage. She was killed in a battle for Nevel.

Many streets and schools in Almaty, Nevel, Oral and other cities were named after her, and monuments in her honour may be found in many parts of former Soviet Union.


  • Чечеткина О. Героини. Вып. I. (Очерки о женщинах — Героях Советского Союза) // Батыр Маншук М., Политиздат, 1969.