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A Dance with Death

Soviet Airwomen in World War II

Anne Noggle (author) Christine White (introduction)

ISBN: 9781585441778

Publication Date: Feb 2002

Format: Paperback

The world's first women combat pilots were members of the Soviet Army Air Force. Here they speak openly of their experiences and their courageous efforts to show the Red Army that they were adequate to the great role they sought, grappling with deep distrust from male pilots and officers.
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The world's first women combat pilots were members of the Soviet Army Air Force, flying fighters and bomber aircraft opposite the Luftwaffe. 30 women flyers received Hero of the Soviet Union awards, one of that nation's highest honours. During three visits to Moscow during and after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Noggle interviewed more than 70 of these veteran pilots. Freed by "glasnost" to speak openly of their experiences, they told of flying flimsy aircraft and watching many of their friends - as well as foes - fall to earth in flames. But equally courageous were the women's efforts to show the Red Army that they were adequate to the great role they sought. The women had to grapple with distrust from male pilots and officers, against whom they eventually prevailed. War, Stalin-era politics and human emotion mix in these first-person accounts.

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... the compelling narratives in A Dance with Death are equally valuable as history and as testimony to the extraordinary performance of women under the greatest stress imaginable. - New York Times Book Review
Illustrations 197 b&w photographs, 1 map
Pages 336
Date Published 28 Feb 2002
Publisher Texas A&M University Press
Subject/s European history   Gender studies: women   Oral history   Air forces & warfare   Second World War  

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