The Eastern Front Air War 1941 - 1945

Anthony Tucker-Jones

* A selection of over 150 rare wartime photographs of the Luftwaffe and the Red Air Force

* Previously unpublished photographs of Soviet and German warplanes in action

* Concise narrative history of the struggle in the air over the Eastern Front

* Covers the transport and reconnaissance aircraft as well as the fighters and bombers
Date Published :
June 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Series :
Images of War
Illustration :
150 black-and-white photographs
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781473861626
Pages : 144
Dimensions : 9.75 X 7.5 inches
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$24.95

Overview
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This selection of over 150 photographs provides a visual guide to the desperate air war fought over the Eastern Front between 1941 and 1945. Most of these black-and-white wartime photographs have never been published before.

They show Stalin’s Red Air Force and Hitler’s Luftwaffe, their equipment and the role they played in supporting the war on the ground. Although it was a major aspect of the struggle on the Eastern Front, aerial combat has long been neglected, and Anthony Tucker-Jones’s photographic history is a vivid introduction to it.

Just before Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union the leadership of the Red Air Force was decimated by Stalin in a series of purges. Although it had thousands of fighter aircraft these were not capable of taking on the Luftwaffe and were swiftly destroyed in the German blitzkrieg. But a remarkable recovery followed as the Red Air Force slowly but surely turned the tide against the ravages of the Luftwaffe to wrestle back air superiority by 1944.

The photographs and Anthony Tucker-Jones’s text give a fascinating insight into this decisive reversal of fortune. They also record, in a series of memorable images, the principal Soviet and German aircraft that featured in the aerial fighting and the pilots who flew them.

About The Author
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Anthony Tucker-Jones is a former defense intelligence officer and a widely published expert on regional conflicts, counter-terrorism and armsred and aerial warfare. He is the author of over thirty books, is security and terrorism correspondent for intersec – The Journal of International Security, and has freelanced for Channel 4 News.

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