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Night Witches. Soviet Airwomen of the Great Patriotic War
 
 

Night Witches. Soviet Airwomen of the Great Patriotic War [Kindle Edition]

Gian Piero Milanetti
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 140869 KB
  • Print Length: 558 pages
  • Publisher: IBN Editore (28 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JBJR64O
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soviet Airwomen of the Great Patriotic War 20 Feb 2013
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The original Italian version of Soviet Air Women of the Great Patriotic War: A Pictorial History by Gian Piero Milanetti was published by IBN Editore in Rome. This English language version of the original Italian edition produced by the same publisher appeared in 2013.

Mr. Milanetti, a schoolteacher based in Rome and the author of this interesting book, made several trips to relevant battlefields of the former Soviet Union and interviewed members of the local population in order to obtain first-hand information as a basis for his book.

Although about half a dozen of authors have already published books in English on this subject, Milanetti's book differs in several ways from the existing English-language literature on the subject: There are over 500 illustrations accompanied by substantial text including comment on prominent German aces.

On the whole the author's English is very good. What is also important is that
geographical names are spelled correctly.

The first chapter titled "Before the War", provides the background for the subsequent chapters about the following units: 1) the original 122nd (Training) Airgroup from which the three women's air regiments emerged: 2) "Night Witches" (46th Guards Night Bomber Regiment); 3) 586 IAP (586th Fighter Regiment); and 4) 587 BAP/125 GV BAP (125th Guards Dive-Bomber Regiment).

It is noteworthy that an undetermined number of women also served in otherwise all-male units.

In addition, there are two additional chapters devoted to ace fighter pilots Lidya Litvyak and Ekaterina Budanova respectively, while the final chapter deals with the survivors. All chapters are usually accompanied by useful statistics at the front and notes at the back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "A masterpiece" 27 Feb 2013
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REVIEW WRITTEN By HENRY SAKAIDA, Author of "Heroines of the Soviet Union - 1941-45", Osprey -
<<"Soviet Airwomen of the Great Patriotic War" by Gian Piero Milanetti is the best book ever written on the story of the Soviet "Night Witches" and their daylight counterparts!
Unlike many historians who have never visited the battlefields nor interviewed the veterans involved, Gian Piero Milanetti has! He has travelled many times to Russia and Ukraine, met the surviving female combatants and their families, and has conducted researches for years. Gian has become the most eminent European researcher of the subject. And all on his modest teacher's salary. That's dedication!
Milanetti's work pays magnificent tribute to the women combat aviators and groundcrew, who worked as a team to bomb the invading Germans in their rickety biplanes at night. Very little was known about them in the West. Women and teenagers can read, enjoy, and derive inspiration from Milanetti's masterpiece. When it came to defending the Motherland, Soviet women were even tougher than men. I wish I could have written this book!>>
Henry Sakaida
Los Angeles, California,
December 17, 2012
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soviet Airwomen of the Great Patriotic War 27 Feb 2013
By Kazimiera J. Cottam - Published on Amazon.com
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The author made several trips to relevant battlefields and interviewed members of the local population to obtain first-hand information for the book. Although about half a dozen of authors have already published books in English on this subject, Milanetti's book differs from these books: there are over 500 illustrations accompanied by a substantial text including comment on prominent German aces.

The first chapter titled "Before the War", provides the background for other chapters which deal with the formation, functioning and record of three women's air units, only one of which remained exclusively staffed by women throughout the war. An undetermined number of women also served in otherwise all-male units. There are two additional chapters devoted to ace fighter pilots Lidya Litvyak and Ekaterina Budanova, while the final chapter deals with the survivors. All chapters are usually accompanied by useful statistics at the front and notes at the back.

Interestingly fighter pilot Lidya Litvyak's remains at the center of controversy concerning her fate and the actual number of kills. According to official Russian sources, both Soviet and contemporary, she was killed in combat on August 1, 1943. However, Mr. Milanetti discovered that Senior Lieutenant Litvyak--this had been her correct final rank--was seen parachuting to safety from her disabled aircraft.

There is new evidence that she was captured by the enemy, held in a PoW camp, and possibly emigrated to Switzerland. Interestingly, the unidentified Russian former female combat pilot who appeared on Swiss television in 2000, with the broadcast seen in Russia, had been wounded twice similarly to Litvyak.

Moreover, Ekaterina Polunina, former chief mechanic of Litvyak's original unit, maintained in her book titled Devchonki, podruzhki, letchitsy (Moscow, 2004) that Litvyak's friend Ekaterina Budanova had more kills than Litvyak did. To sum up, this unusual book should be of interest to historians, flying enthusiasts and the general reader.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Pictorial Book! 14 Sep 2013
By VikingBerserker - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Photos W / Great Commentary !!! One of Two of the Best of the Women in the Air War in WW2 Russia Ever Written !!!!! 7 Mar 2014
By Dennis Wittern - Published on Amazon.com
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The Photos are Absolutely Wonderful. Commentary is Very Detailed for a " Photographic Book " Prefect !!! The Author has done a Magnificent Job !!!
My only wish is that the Author would write a sequel based on the Wowen who flew in Men's Units - some of whom became Leaders of their Flight Groups ( IL-2 Pilots and Gunners who were Women ) many of whom died for their efforts on the Eastern Front. They deserve recognition also. Please write about them !!!
Extremely Well Done !!!
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