During those times when war did not accept women as combatants, they often still found their way to the fighting. They did so by helping in any way they could away from the battle zone as nurses and even accompanying their husbands on campaign. On the other hand, there were those who did not let those rules and regulations stop them from fighting for their country. They did what they must to step onto the field of battle: Disguising themselves as men.

Aside from Deborah Sampson, who was among the first women with a documented record of military combat experience and joined the American Revolutionary War as a man, here are some other kickass women who successfully did and fought undetected:

Brita Olofsdotter

Livonian war. Siege of Narva 1558 by Russians. (Boris Chorikov, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

The first confirmed woman to serve in the Swedish Army was Brita Olofsdotter. That also made her the first-ever Swedish woman ever to pretend to be a man to gain access to professions exclusively offered to men. Olofsdotter was a widow of Nils Simonsson. During the Livonian War, she dressed as a man and marched her way to enlist in service. She successfully did and joined the cavalry only to be killed in battle. On June 16, 1569, King John III of Sweden ordered Gabriel Christiensson to investigate her case. He then ordered that her remaining salary be paid to her family.

Anna Maria Lane

Not much was known about Anna Maria’s early life, although she was believed to be from New Hampshire. What we know was that she married John Lane in 1776. John was later called to fight with the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. Although it was a common thing for wives to join their husbands in encampments during those times to assist them with the chores and keep them well-fed and clothed, she took it up a notch and dressed as a man to join and fight alongside her husband.