Red Phoenix: The Rise of Soviet Air Power 1941-1945 (Von Hardesty) soon to be presented for sale on the inspired BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London & Melbourne: Arms & Armour Press, 1982, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Maps; Tables; Maps to the endpapers and blanks; Glossary; Title page vignette; Appendices ;
From the cover: Here for the first time is the full story, grippingly told, of the epic four-year conflict between the Soviet Air Force and Hitlers vaunted Luftwaffe a little-known aspect of what has been described as the Unknown War. Against a backdrop of brutal ground combat during World War II, air battles raged along the vast Eastern front as the adversaries struggled for mastery of the air.
Caught woefully unprepared by the sudden German onslaught, on Sunday, June 22, 1941 the Soviet Air Force was all but annihilated at the outset. It was the most devastating pre-emptive air campaign in history. German aircraft were able to strike at will against critical targets, while Soviet pilots bravely struggled to fly into action from burning airfields. Once airborne, the Soviets faced an enemy with vastly superior training …
Very Good in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a couple of short, closed, tears to both panels.
Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 288 pages. Index. Bibliography. 10¼” x 8¼”.
Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I spellbind you with a further miscellany curated within Military Air Force catalogue?