The Bulgarian Air Force in the Second World War

Alexander Mladenov, Krassimir Grozev, Evgeni Andonov

A concise research on the wartime development and operations of the Bulgarian Air Force. It covers the entire spectrum of air-to-air, air-to-ground and reconnaissance operations undertaken by the Bulgarian air arm between 1941 and 1945 as well as the naval operations in the Black Sea.
Date Published :
January 2019
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Illustration :
250 b/w images, 19 color profiles, 5 tables
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ISBN : 9781912390649
Pages : 148
Dimensions : 11.75 X 8.25 inches
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Like many European air arms, the history of the Bulgarian Air Force between 1939 and 1945 was eventful and rather dramatic. A small country, located in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula, the Kingdom of Bulgaria entered into the fourth decade of the century as a still-neutral, but in fact strongly pro-German state. So it was not a surprise when it eventually joined the Axis on 1 March 1941, declaring war on both Britain and the US six months later. In the course of the war the moderate and poorly equipped air arm of late 1930s steadily matured during the wartime years into a small but capable force, able to mount fierce resistance to the Allied bomber raids against the country’s capital Sofia in late 1943 and early 1944. Only a few hours following the 9 September 1944 pro-Allied coup in Sofia, the Bulgarian air arm was immediately rushed into operation against the armed forces of the yesterday's partner - Nazi Germany.

After the end of the war, Bulgaria fell in total dependency on the Soviet Union as a direct result from the 1944 Yalta agreement of 'spheres of influence' division of Europe. The Bulgarian air force was radically reformed in the Soviet style and rapidly re-equipped with huge numbers of front-line aircraft, supplied by the new 'brother in arms’.

This study features a large number of rare and previously unseen photographs accompanied by specially commissioned color artwork showing camouflage and markings.

About The Author

Alexander Mladenov is an aviation & defence author and journalist. His work has appeared in no fewer than 20 defence publications around the world, including AirForces Monthy, AIR International, Combat Aircraft and Defence Helicopter] he also published two books on the subject of Soviet military aircraft. His main research interests include the post-WWII military aviation developments, especially the jet fighters/bombers and helicopters designed between the 1950s and 1990s in the Soviet Union as well as the War in Afghanistan in the 1980s, the Soviet and Warsaw Pact Air Defence & Tactical Aviation developments and combat employment strategy and tactics.

Krassimir Grozev is is an aviation & defence author and journalist, based in Sofia, Bulgaria. His interests are in the history of air warfare, modern aircraft technologies and airborne weapons. This is his first book for Helion.

Evgeni Andonov is an aviation journalist and historian, based in Sofia, Bulgaria, with special interests in the research into little-known moments of the history of the Bulgarian Air Force. This is his first book for Helion.

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