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Night Witches. Soviet Airwomen of the Great Patriotic War by [Gian Piero Milanetti]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 142186 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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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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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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The book is mainly recorded accounts of the flyers which is the best part of it. We all owe a great deal to these heroic soviet women. Without the total mobilisation of the people and their leadership in this patriotic war of the USSR, including the women, the strength of the socialist system - the 4 million hoard of nazi troops that swarmed across the border into the USSR would never have been defeated and fascism in nazi form would have prevailed all over the world for many more years instead of being defeated in 3. Good to see that this history of the enormity of the achievements of the USSR, their people and leaders may be preserved for future generations.
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As someone who thought they were well versed in The Night Witches, one division that Gian focuses on for around 70 pages, it was an embarrassing revelation, both in terms of pictures and individual stories. This really is the go-to book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Pictorial Book! 14 Sept. 2013
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars THESE WOMEN WERE DEADLY! 6 Mar. 2017
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A fascinating topic. I'm a lazy reader and prefer to see lots of photos with captions. I let the photos tell the story. The author knew what I was thinking about!!! The author really spent a lot of time and effort tracking down the stories! This guy isn't an armchair historian...he actually went over to Ukraine and Russia, searched in the archives, talked with people, went to the places where the actions took place...combed through German records, left no stone unturned. Then like a cold case police detective, he put it all together. Soviet women proved themselves in battle. Reading about their exploits was thrilling! The Fascist invaders assaulted and raped the Soviet Union; now their women came back in force, with fury, like women scorned; the enemy paid dearly with their lives! I congratulate the author on a job well done!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful pictures. Informative, too. 5 April 2016
By Laura E. - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent photographs, some I've not seen before. The text, however, is referenced heavily from other books I've already read and offers little in the way of new information. But if you've not read anything about these women before now, this book will prove informative. Way too many grammatical errors in the text, so much so that it became distracting by the end. And one habit the male author had which really bothered me. The book is titled "Soviet AirWOMEN", yet he continually refers to them as girls. I know they were young, but they were young WOMEN. Trust me, you will never see a serious historical work about male soldiers and pilots continually referring to them as boys. Very patronizing.
3 of 3 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 !!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 May 2017
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Excellent book. Great details and extensive, meticulous research. Outstanding.
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