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5.0 out of 5 stars Russian Air War account, 28 Feb. 2003
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This review is from: Swastika in the Gunsight: Memoirs of a Russian Fighter Pilot, 1941-45 (Hardcover)
... it is the only book i know that is written by a Russian pilot in the Second World War.
Kaberov served on a Naval squadron flying initially around Kronsdadt on the Gulf of Finland, protecting the naval base from attack, but then focusing on keeping the 'ice road' over lake Ladoga clear of enemy fighters to provide supplies to Leningrad, which at the time was under siege. Not only is the narrative of action very comprehensive (as one would expect) but when the author visits his parents and later a family in Leningrad during the siege, a view of the civilians caught in the fighting is seen.
To most, Kaberov's style of writing might be slightly odd, but it must be remembered that it was written at a time when Soviet censorship was very rigourous. It is also important to remember that information from the Soviet side of the Eastern front campaign is very rare.
What we do know is often seen to be clouded by propaganda of the 'tireless soviet people' defending the motherland. However, the encounters with ordinary civilians reinforces the Russian determination and resolve, something which i had always taken to be slightly false.
This book has taught me a lot about the ordinary fighting man and his relationship with the country he so dearly defends, despite its harsh rule (an example of which is when Kaberov is threatened with expulsion from the communist party for doing something wrong).
Overall, very much worth buying.
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adrian laing says:
Can you tell me what type of aircraft he flies ? Thanks
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