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An edition of Wings, women, and war (2001)

Wings, Women, and War

Soviet Airwomen in World War II Combat (Modern War Studies)

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This edition published in by University Press of Kansas in Lawrence, KS.

Written in English

304 pages

The Soviet Union was the first nation to allow women pilots to fly combat missions. During World War II the Red Air Force formed three all-female units -- grouped into separate fighter, dive bomber, and night bomber regiments -- while also recruiting other women to fly with mostly male units. Their amazing story, fully recounted for the first time by Reina Pennington, honors a group of fearless and determined women whose exploits have not yet received the recognition they deserve. Pennington chronicles the creation, organization, and leadership of these regiments, as well as the experiences of the pilots, navigators, bomb loaders, mechanics, and others who made up their ranks, all within the context of the Soviet air war on the Eastern Front. These regiments flew a combined total of more than 30,000 combat sorties, produced at least thirty Heroes of the Soviet Union, and included at least two fighter aces. Among their ranks were women like Marina Raskova, the "Soviet Amelia Earhart," a renowned aviator who persuaded Stalin in 1941 to establish the all-women regiments; the daredevil "night witches" who flew ramshackle biplanes on nocturnal bombing missions over German frontlines; and fighter aces like Liliia Litviak, whose twelve "kills" are largely unknown in the West. Here, too, is the story of Aleksandr Gridnev, a fighter pilot twice arrested by the Soviet secret police before he was chosen to command the women's fighter regiment. Pennington draws upon personal interviews and the Soviet archives to detail the recruitment, training, and combat lives of these women. Deftly mixing anecdote with analysis, her work should find a wide readership among scholars and buffs interested in the history of aviation, World War II, or the Russian military, as well as anyone concerned with the contentious debates surrounding military and combat service for women. - Publisher.

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Cover of: Wings, Women, and War
Wings, Women, and War: Soviet Airwomen in World War II Combat (Modern War Studies)
October 15, 2007, University Press of Kansas
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Wings, Women, and War: Soviet Airwomen in World War II Combat (Modern War Studies)
January 2002, University Press of Kansas
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Wings, women, and war: Soviet airwomen in World War II combat
2001, University Press of Kansas
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Wings, women, and war

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The Soviet Union was the first nation to allow women pilots to fly combat missions. During World War II the Red Air Force formed three all-female units -- grouped into separate fighter, dive bomber, and night bomber regiments -- while also recruiting other women to fly with mostly male units. Their amazing story, fully recounted for the first time by Reina Pennington, honors a group of fearless and determined women whose exploits have not yet received the recognition they deserve. Pennington chronicles the creation, organization, and leadership of these regiments, as well as the experiences of the pilots, navigators, bomb loaders, mechanics, and others who made up their ranks, all within the context of the Soviet air war on the Eastern Front. These regiments flew a combined total of more than 30,000 combat sorties, produced at least thirty Heroes of the Soviet Union, and included at least two fighter aces. Among their ranks were women like Marina Raskova, the "Soviet Amelia Earhart," a renowned aviator who persuaded Stalin in 1941 to establish the all-women regiments; the daredevil "night witches" who flew ramshackle biplanes on nocturnal bombing missions over German frontlines; and fighter aces like Liliia Litviak, whose twelve "kills" are largely unknown in the West. Here, too, is the story of Aleksandr Gridnev, a fighter pilot twice arrested by the Soviet secret police before he was chosen to command the women's fighter regiment. Pennington draws upon personal interviews and the Soviet archives to detail the recruitment, training, and combat lives of these women. Deftly mixing anecdote with analysis, her work should find a wide readership among scholars and buffs interested in the history of aviation, World War II, or the Russian military, as well as anyone concerned with the contentious debates surrounding military and combat service for women. - Publisher.

Wings, Women, and War

Soviet Airwomen in World War II Combat (Modern War Studies)

This edition published in by University Press of Kansas in Lawrence, KS.


Table of Contents

Introduction
Before the war
Recruitment and training of Aviation Group 122
The 46th Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment
The 125th Guards Bomber Aviation Regiment
The 586th Fighter Aviation Regiment
Women at war in mostly male regiments
Demobilization and postwar experiences
Conclusion
Appendixes. Lists of regimental personnel
Female Heroes of the Soviet Union
Thoughts on sources and historiography
About the author

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Number of pages
304
Dimensions
9.2 x 6.4 x 0.7 inches
Weight
1.1 pounds

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL7763286M
ISBN 10
0700615547
ISBN 13
9780700615544
OCLC/WorldCat
153580082
Library Thing
1091582
Goodreads
2273174

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