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A good introduction to a fascinating subject.,
This review is from: Night Witches: Untold Story of Soviet Women in Combat (Paperback)
At a time when the role of women in combat seems to be all new this book gives the opportunity to read about some of the pioneers.
This is a fascinating subject, the story of the women who insisted on becoming combat aircrew in the Russian Air Force. In Western Europe at this time the establishment was horrified with the thought of wives, daughters and mothers having their hands on the trigger and fighting for their country. In Russia women were given their chance at the controls of fighters, bombers and dive bombers. What they acheived in the face of the Luftwaffe and the scepticism from their male colleagues led to the award of eleite 'Guards' status to one Regiment while the Soviet equivalent of the Victoria Cross was awarded to 34 female aircrew.
Their story is a compelling one, particularly in the face of lingering western resentment to the role of women in war. Mr Myles presents their accounts in a readable but fragmented style though it seems from further reading I have done that some of his research may be flawed.
I enjoyed this book immensely.I could not help myself but be moved by what those women did to prove beyond reproach that in air combat women are the equals of men and should be treated as such.