The Soviet Air Force Since 1918 by Alexander F. Boyd

The Soviet Air Force Since 1918 by Alexander F. Boyd newly listed for sale on the fantastic BookLovers of Bath web site!MacDonald & Janes, 1977, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains a glossary of terms. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams; Maps; Tables;

From the cover: A comprehensive and detailed study of Soviet air power based on many years of research and a wide range of contemporary Russian documentary material. Covering the evolution of military aviation in the USSR from its emergence in the 1920s to the present day, this work sheds new light on the men who forged and commanded the Red Air Force in peace and war, the designers who created its aircraft, and the men who flew them. Of particular interest is new material, made available in English for the first time, revealing the havoc wrought by Stalins terror purges in the Red Air Force and the Soviet aviation industry in the late 1930s, and their detrimental effect on subsequent operational performance.

During the epic struggle against the Luftwaffe the initially catastrophic losses were made good by a ruthless production drive, concentration on a few proven aircraft types and their progressive developments, and Allied help. Within less than three years this led to a complete reversal of the balance of air power on the Eastern Front and laid the foundations of the new Soviet Air Force. An even more remarkable achievement was the rapid assimilation of the impact caused by the jet and atomic age. During the past three decades Soviet military aviation has undergone constant modernisation and expansion, and the term MiG fighter now has an international meaning.

In the 1970s the increasingly more efficient combination of modern tactical and strategic air forces gained a new dimension and became capable of backing up the global presence of the Soviet Navy.

This book is an important contribution to the better understanding of the nature, growth and effectiveness of Soviet air power.

Introduction by: Professor John Erickson

Very Good in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is a little age-tanned. Top edge of the text block tanned. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned and with a small graze, hole, to the dedication page.

Red boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XIX] 259 pages. Index. 9½” x 6¼”.

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