Red Air Force at War Barbarossa and the Retreat to Moscow

Recollections of Soviet Fighter Pilots on the Eastern Front

Artem Drabkin

The war in the summer of 1941 was a disaster for the Soviet Air Force. Yet the surviving few gained precious battle experience and formed the core of the force that turned the tables on the Germans and won air superiority over the Eastern Front. Many of these Soviet pilots are alive today, and in this book they recall the air battles of 60 years ag
Date Published :
October 2007
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
50 b/w photos
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781844155637
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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The onset of war in the summer of 1941 was a disaster for the Soviet Air Force. In a few weeks, faced by the onslaught of the Luftwaffe, most of the Soviet frontline aircraft were destroyed, and the casualty rate among the pilots was cripplingly high.

Yet the surviving few gained precious battle experience and they formed the core of the fighter force that turned the tables on the Germans and eventually won air superiority over the Eastern Front.

Many of these Soviet pilots are still alive today and in this book they vividly recall the air battles of 60 years ago.

About The Author
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Artem Drabkin is an author and historian.

REVIEWS
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"does an excellent job of sharing the stories and experiences of a handful of Soviet fighter pilots…filled with interesting stories of Soviet bureaucracy, air combat on the Eastern Front and personalized insight into the Soviet War experience… captivating and gripping… an easy and enjoyable read."

- Air Power History

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