A Dance with Death: Soviet Airwomen in World War II

A Dance with Death: Soviet Airwomen in World War II

A Dance with Death Soviet Airwomen in World War II In their own vivid words the women members of the Soviet air force recount their dramatic efforts against the German forces in World War II These brave women the first ever to fly in combat proved

  • Title: A Dance with Death: Soviet Airwomen in World War II
  • Author: Anne Noggle
  • ISBN: 9780890966013
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In their own vivid words, the women members of the Soviet air force recount their dramatic efforts against the German forces in World War II These brave women, the first ever to fly in combat, proved that women could be among the best of warriors, withstanding the rigors of combat and downing the enemy The women who tell their stories here began the war mostly as inexperIn their own vivid words, the women members of the Soviet air force recount their dramatic efforts against the German forces in World War II These brave women, the first ever to fly in combat, proved that women could be among the best of warriors, withstanding the rigors of combat and downing the enemy The women who tell their stories here began the war mostly as inexperienced girls many of them teenagers In support of their homeland, they volunteered to serve as bomber and fighter pilots, navigator bombardiers, gunners, and support crews Flying against the Luftwaffe, they saw many of their friends as well as many of their foes fall to earth in flames Their three combat Air Force regiments fought as many as one thousand missions during the war For their heroism and success against the enemy, two of the women s regiments were honored by designation as Guard regiments At least thirty women were decorated with the gold star of Hero of the Soviet Union, their nation s highest award But equally courageous were the women s efforts to show the Red Army that they were entirely adequate to the great role they sought For even though Stalin had decreed equality for both sexes, the women had to grapple initially with deep distrust from male pilots and Red Army officers, against whom they eventually prevailed War, Stalin era politics, and human emotion mix in these gripping, first person accounts Supported by photographs of the women at war, the stories are unforgettable Portraits of the women as they are now taken by award winning photographer Anne Noggle, add the perspective of time to the experiences of the survivors of this great dance with death.

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    Somewhere, in the ever-fluctuating meta-topographical landscape of the collective human consciousness, there is a line. It's not a big line, and it too fluctuates, but it's an important line.It's the line between selfless bravery and complete bats**t insanity.The women of the Soviet Union's three female air regiments (99% of which were volunteers) lived on that line for four years. They lived on it, slept on it, danced across it in whichever direction the situation called for as needed. Take, fo [...]

    'A Dance with Death', Soviet Airwomen in World War II, Anne Noggle, 1994. Eager to embrace the Marxist ideological doctrine of equality between the sexes, Joseph Stalin ensures that thousands of young Russian women are able to receive flight training. By the late 1930's the Soviet Union can boast that one third of all licensed pilots are women. Following the Nazi invasion of 1941, thousands of young, patriotic, female pilots rush to join the military. Most are just girls. - university students b [...]

    Fascinating series of interviews with the women who flew combat in Word War II. Didn't know women flew combat missions? They did, and in biplanes without navigational instruments or parachutes against well-armed and prepared Nazi troops. Night bombing runs, dogfights, forced landings, escapes across minefields, and other amazing feats accomplished. Luckily Noggle was able to meet with many of the surviving Soviet flyers and get their accounts first hand before time silenced them forever.The libr [...]

    Great read about an extraordinary group of women. I loved that each woman told her story; it really highlighted their personalities and how brave they were. Also really enjoyed the 'then and now' photos. These women were just remarkable, and I'm glad this book was able to showcase that and pay homage to their selfless service during the war.

    Five stars -- an amazing story!Anne Noggle was a member of the US Women's Air Service Pilots (the WASP) during World War II. The WASP were charged with ferrying planes within the boundaries of the continental US, but were not allowed to fly overseas and not allowed to participate in combat. After writing a book about the WASP, Noggle decided she wanted to meet and interview women who *had* flown in combat: Soviet airwomen. Arising out of the interviews Noggle did with the surviving Soviet pilots [...]

    This book is a compendium of content from each interview directed by the author with Soviet airwomen of WW2.I was very disappointed by the book. Without any disrespect, but most of the experiences from each regiment and from each position (pilot, mechanic of armament, etc) are essentially the same. There are minor differences, but the entire book could've been regarded as source material to be digested into a far more streamlined and informational account of the women's experiences. Reading firs [...]

    The Night Witches . . . Die Nacht Hexen . . . Young Soviet women in an all-female squadron who flew tiny, outdated planes on bombing raids from 1942-45. Could it get any more fabulous and exciting? These girls kicked serious ass. It's an emergency - someone has to make a movie about them! Alas, thisbook doesn't do their story justice. The author gets lost at the outset in a thicket of changing squadron names, and tells the story as if she's copying it out of the Moscow phone book. The first pers [...]

    This is my all-time favorite book. I've read it numerous times. It is about the female Soviet pilots who flew in combat in WWII. A collection of interviews introduces the reader to these brave and fascinating women. I highly recommend this book.

    The history of the world's first fighter pilots is an inspiring read. The personal interviews make history come to life. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history.

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