The Female Battalion

The Female Battalion

Russian airborne troops, known as the VDV, are considered the military elite. The paratroops are always combat-ready and can swiftly deploy anywhere they’re needed. But is there a place for women in the “flying infantry”

Female cadets from the Ryazan Airborne Training Academy prove there is nothing they can’t do. They train alongside their male classmates to become airborne officers leading complex missions. They drive tanks, parachute out of aeroplanes and shoot to kill. 

‘Female Battalion’ follows a group of determined women, as they conquer obstacle courses, prepare for exams, brave jumps and learn to command. It’s not just about cramming and the gruelling physical training, the ‘blue berets’ find time for fun, friendship, falling in love and serious debates on the role of women in the Russian army.

  • Season 1
  • Season 2
  • Season 3