The Eastern Front Air War 1941 - 1945

The Eastern Front Air War 1941 - 1945

by Anthony Tucker-Jones


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This selection of over 150 photographs provides a visual guide to the desperate air war fought over the Eastern Front between 1941 and 1945. Most of these black-and-white wartime photographs have never been published before.

They show Stalin’s Red Air Force and Hitler’s Luftwaffe, their equipment and the role they played in supporting the war on the ground. Although it was a major aspect of the struggle on the Eastern Front, aerial combat has long been neglected, and Anthony Tucker-Jones’s photographic history is a vivid introduction to it.

Just before Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union the leadership of the Red Air Force was decimated by Stalin in a series of purges. Although it had thousands of fighter aircraft these were not capable of taking on the Luftwaffe and were swiftly destroyed in the German blitzkrieg. But a remarkable recovery followed as the Red Air Force slowly but surely turned the tide against the ravages of the Luftwaffe to wrestle back air superiority by 1944.

The photographs and Anthony Tucker-Jones’s text give a fascinating insight into this decisive reversal of fortune. They also record, in a series of memorable images, the principal Soviet and German aircraft that featured in the aerial fighting and the pilots who flew them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473861626
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 08/02/2016
Series: Images of War Series
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Anthony Tucker-Jones is a former defense intelligence officer and a widely published expert on regional conflicts, counter-terrorism and armsred and aerial warfare. He is the author of over thirty books, is security and terrorism correspondent for intersec – The Journal of International Security, and has freelanced for Channel 4 News.

Table of Contents

Introduction vi

Photograph Sources x

Chapter 1 Stalin's Falcons Decapitated 1

Chapter 2 The Falcon's Shturmoviks 14

Chapter 3 Hitler's Eagle 24

Chapter 4 Catastrophic Summer 39

Chapter 5 Junkers to the Rescue 55

Chapter 6 Circle of Death 71

Chapter 7 Heroes of the Soviet Union 85

Chapter 8 Ostfront Downfall 97

Chapter 9 Goring's Ground War 111

Chapter 10 Red Storm Rising 123

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