Can We Also Get Drunk With This Badass Centenarian Female USSR Combat Aviator Pls?

Georgian wine in Moscow

One afternoon more than a decade ago, in a shabby Moscow suburb, an 89-year-old war hero named Anna passed me a canteen of vodka. “It’s homemade!” she declared. “Just like my post-flight rations during the war.”

“Just like tank fuel,” my husband Hal said, grimacing. I translated; Yegorova laughed. “Ya pyanaya!” she grinned. “I’m drunk!” As were we all.

I’d traveled to Moscow to meet Anna Timofeyeva-Yegorova, hear her war stories, and sign an...

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