Defending the motherland the soviet women who fought hitlers aces by lyuba vinogradova translated by arch tait malehose 2015 first published in the us by quercus 2018 this is an extraordinary book not because of the writing which tends toward the hagiographic. Get this from a library defending the motherland the soviet women who fought hitlers aces luba vinogradova antony beevor a l tait plucked from every background and led by an nkvd major the new recruits who boarded a train in moscow on 16th october 1941 to go to war had much in common with millions of others across the . The story of these women is laid out in the 2015 book defending the motherland the soviet women who fought hitlers aces written by lyuba vinogradova the author pulls together interviews with the surviving airwomen to tell the story of the squadrons who fought for their country while fighting sexism within the military. Battling not just fearsome aces of the luftwaffe but also patronizing prejudice from their own leaders women such as lilya litvyak and ekaterina budanova are brought to life by the diaries and recollections of those who knew them and who watched them live love fight and die. Defending the motherland the soviet women who fought hitlers aces book launch and talk at pushkin house author dr lyuba vinogradova will be in conversation with sir max hastings
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