"Soviet Airwoman of the Great Patriotic War" by Gian Piero Milanetti

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  1. vikingBerserker

    vikingBerserker Well-Known Member

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    Soviet Airwoman of the Great Patriotic War
    By Gian Piero Milanetti
    IBN, 2013
    ISBN 978-8-8756-5146-6

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    Having my interest in Soviet Combat pilots of WW2 wetted by Bruce Myles’ Night Witches: The Amazing Story Of Russia's Women Pilots in World War II I had purchased Bill Yenne’s The White Rose of Stalingrad: The Real-Life Adventure of Lidiya Vladimirovna Litvyak, the Highest Scoring Female Air Ace of All Time – a book which quite frankly was horrid.

    During my continued search I happened to come across Milanetti’s book Soviet Airwomen that had a couple of favorable reviews and I went in search of. Six months later I finally acquired a copy of this book from a small bookshop in the UK and received it this week.

    The first thing I have to point out as I did not realize when I bought it is this is a pictorial history of the Soviet Airwoman in fact it even states so on the cover (ADHD Powers, Activate!). This actually threw me for a loop and was briefly disappointed at my gaffe but I’d already bought the book so I continued to read it. I was not disappointed by any means.

    The book is 248 pages long divided into 15 sections and contains more pictures of the female pilots, air crew and ground crew then I have seen from all other sources combined (slightly more than 500 to be exact). Most of the pictures have just a paragraph or two but combined give a good overall history of the Airwomen. There also a couple of sections with more verbiage but the pictures alone made this book worthwhile.

    I have to rate it at 8 Fedkas.
     
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    I did Lidiyas plane for the Aces GB a while back. It was a surprise to me that women did fly in combat at all.
     
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    Women also fulfilled many other roles on the battlefield on the Soviet side during WW2, if I remember correctly there was even a Guards tank commander that was a female officer :)
     
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    I would like to recommend, "Wings, Women War" by Reina Pennington. It covers all the Soviet women in the day and night bomber regiments and the fighter regiments. There is a chapter on women aviators before the war and after. Another chapter covers recruitment and training of the women. There were many that also flew in mostly male units.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up on that Steve!
     
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