- Paperback: 313 pages
- Publisher: New Military Publoshing; 2 edition (December 31, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0968270212
- ISBN-13: 978-0968270219
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,321,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Women in Air War: The Eastern Front of World War II Paperback – December 31, 1997
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Cottam succeeded in collecting, translating and editing unprecedented amounts of documentary evidence detailing the scope and importance of the participation of Soviet women in the war. Taken together, the four volumes capture the breadth and depth of the role of Soviet women in the war effort... The genuine value of these books and the interest they are bound to generate among specialists and general readers alike argue for their wider dissemination. The books should be made available to the wider audience they so richly deserve. (David M. Glantz, Editor, The Journal of Slavic Military Studies, March 1999. (Colonel M. Glantz is founder and former director of the U.S. Army's Foreign Military Studies Office.)) -- David M. Glantz, Editor, The Journal of Slavic Military Studies
The book gives us valuable insights into the nature and courage of women we have never heard of--but should have heard of. You will read biographical sketches of women dive bomber pilots, night bomber pilots, and fighter pilots. And come to know and care about each of these women and find yourself wondering why none of this information was available to you previously. -- Leslie Blanchard, Editor, A Writer's Choice Literary Journal, April 1999
From the Publisher
Kazimiera J. Cottam is an expert military translator, editor and author. She is a PhD graduate in Russian history from the University of Toronto and a former Research Associate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also a retired history professor and public servant who was employed at the Canadian Embassy in Moscow in 1988. A published author since 1972, awarded a prestigious prize for an article in the Reader's Digest, she has been researching the little known story of Soviet women in combat for many years.
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I find it ironic that there has recently been such an uproar over whether American women can or should participate in tactical aviation, when more than a half-century ago Soviet women did. And not out of Communist ideals or "political-correctness", but simply because their country needed them. Moreover, they acquited themselves well. The 586th held the distinction of never losing to Luftwaffe fire a bomber in the formations they escorted or a ground installation which they defended. The 588th was the first regiment of all the Night Bomber divisions to achieve Guards status, and by the end of the War each of its surviving veterans had made some 800 to 1,000 sorties. But searchlights, anti-aircraft fire, and enemy planes were not the only hurdles they had to overcome. They also faced gender-prejudice. Major V. Markov was at first indignant to be appointed Commander of the 587th Dive-bombers. This decorated officer "couldn't visualize how I could command women during war, flying [the Pe-2] bomber. I knew the aircraft, how difficult it was even for men to fly!" Markov's memoir, exerpted in this collection, relates his change of opinion as his female regiment distinguished itself and was awarded Guards status. Up until his death in 1994, Gen. (ret.) Markov remained a strong advocate of airwomen's capability in combat.