Defending The Motherland: The Soviet Women Who Fought Hitler's Aces by Lyuba VinogradovaDefending The Motherland: The Soviet Women Who Fought Hitler's Aces by Lyuba Vinogradova

Defending The Motherland: The Soviet Women Who Fought Hitler's Aces

byLyuba Vinogradova

Hardcover | April 3, 2018

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Plucked from every background and led by an NKVD Major, the new recruits who boarded a train in Moscow on October 16, 1941, to go to war had much in common with millions of others across the world. What made the members of the 586th Fighter Regiment, the 587th Heavy-Bomber Regiment, and the 588th Regiment of light night-bombers unique was their gender: the Soviet Union was creating the first all-female active combat units in modern history.

Drawing on original interviews with surviving airwomen, Lyuba Vinogradova weaves together the untold stories of the female Soviet fighter pilots of the Second World War. From that first train journey to the last tragic disappearance, Vinogradova's panoramic account of these women's lives follows them from society balls to unmarked graves, from landmark victories to the horrors of Stalingrad. Battling not just fearsome Aces of the Luftwaffe but also patronizing prejudice from their own leaders, women such as Lilya Litvyak and Ekaterina Budanova are brought to life by the diaries and recollections of those who knew them, and who watched them live, love, fight, and die.
Dr. Lyuba Vinogradova was born in Moscow in 1973. After graduating from the Moscow Agricultural Academy with a PhD in microbiology, she took a second degree in foreign languages. In 1995 she was introduced to Antony Beevor and helped him research Stalingrad. Since then she has worked on many other research projects, and is the coauthor...
Title:Defending The Motherland: The Soviet Women Who Fought Hitler's AcesFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 1.12 inShipping dimensions:9.25 × 6.5 × 1.12 inPublished:April 3, 2018Publisher:MobiusLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1681440121

ISBN - 13:9781681440125


Editorial Reviews

"Vinogradova is excellent on the technical aspects and experience of flying the various aircraft . . . She is at her best, though, in bringing alive the quotidian details of wartime."-Wendy Slater, Times Literary Supplement