From the team that published the critically acclaimed and hugely successful 'Famous Russian Aircraft' series comes a book that is the definitive guide to all of the aircraft flown by the Soviet Air Force in World War II. While most other books on the Soviet Air Force in World War II dwell largely on individual aircraft types, this book also takes a closer look at the Soviet Air Force's structure and aircraft fleet. It includes all of the unit insignia of Soviet air armies, divisions and regiments, as well as the varied artwork and camouflage schemes used on individual aircraft. This book features brief descriptions (including performance data) and many previously unpublished photos and color side views of all the aircraft types that operated in the immediate pre-war years and in World War II, including many British aircraft flown by the Soviet Air Force. The most important combat operations conducted by the Air Force and the Soviet Naval Aviation are described and illustrated by tactical maps. The book also tells about the Soviet Air Force commanders and famous Soviet aces of the period; the aces' aircraft and their personal insignia are illustrated. This is a unique book that will be of interest not only to aviation and military history fans but also to modelers.
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Soviet Air Power in World War 2 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
My main question with this book is whether it would transcend Gordon's classic "Soviet Combat Aircraft of the Second World War;" that it does safely in terms of information, photos, and new illustrations.Where this work does fall a little flat for me is in terms of detailing the evolution of Soviet military aviation organization (and mainly the VVS "frontal" and long-range aviation, as opposed to the PVO air defense service) during the war. While Gordon does give you a snapshot of the order of battle in 1941, there is not so much of a tabular picture given for 1945. More could have been done to detail the evolution of the force too, though what is given seems quite good.Also, while I liked the coverage of Soviet naval aviation, when you throw out the statement that aircraft of the Red Fleet sank "three cruisers" and "seven destroyers" from the German navy I'd like to know what you mean by a "cruiser" or a "destroyer;" are we talking armed merchant cruisers and captured Norwegian ships that barely merit the title of torpedo boat? It's cases like this where you wish that this book had a bibliography. It also makes me wonder what other gaffs I've missed.