Wings, Women, and War: Soviet Airwomen in World War II Combat
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Wings, Women, and War: Soviet Airwomen in World War II Combat

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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, hono...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by University Press of Kansas
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Monica
In 'Wings, Women, and War' Reina Pennington tells the story of the three female air regiments during World War II. Rarely does anyone hear about the Soviet women who struck fear into the eyes of the Germans on a daily basis during the war. Pennington looked through a multitude of sources including a fair amount of in depth interviews to get the full account. Before, during, and after were all included.

I want to say that this book was extremely readable, which people don't normally associate with...more
Madeline
This book offers an in-depth viewpoint on the lives of female Soviet aviators during WWII. As the knowledge of their existence beyond Russian border lines is very limited, it was extremely interesting to hear about their successes and their failures during WWII. As Pennington was able to interview some of the pilots, navigators, and mechanics themselves who survived the war, the book offers incredibly accurate and interesting accounts of the events and raids.
Paula
How interesting and quite readable for an academic book.
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