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- DescriptionWhen the Great Patriotic War began many women volunteered for the armed forces, but most of them were rejected. They were steered towards nursing or other supportive roles. Many determined women managed to enter combat by first volunteering as field medics and nurses, then simply picking up a gun during the battle, and charging boldly into the line of fire. In the area of aviation, women also contributed greatly to the war effort. In rickety biplanes, they flew bombing missions at night, without parachutes; their only protection was the darkness. This book tells the stories of the brave women that won the Soviet Union's most prestigious medal - the Hero of the Soviet Union - for their bravery in protecting their homeland.
- Author BiographyA third generation Japanese American (Sansei), Henry Sakaida has spent much of his life researching the shadowy history of the Japanese fighter pilot. His eye for detail, and exhaustive research, has led to him being given access to much archive material by former aces who have remained silent since the end of the war. Christa Hook began her illustrating career in 1986 and has since established herself as one of Osprey's most popular illustrators. Her illustrations combine the historian's attention to detail with the artist's sense of drama and atmosphere, and they are sought after by collectors worldwide. She has had work selected for the Laing Land and Seascape Exhibition 2000 at the Mall, and the Not the Royal Academy Exhibition 2000 at the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery.
- Author(s)Henry Sakaida,Henry Skaida
- PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Date of Publication20/05/2003
- SubjectMilitary History
- Series TitleElite
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 90
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOsprey Publishing
- Content Note55 b&w and 8 colour illustrations
- Weight214 g
- Width184 mm
- Height248 mm
- Spine6 mm
- Illustrator(s)Christa Hook
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