The air war over the Steppes was more than a brutal clash in which might alone triumphed. It was a conflict that saw tactical and techlogical invation as the Soviet air force faced off against Herman Goring's Luftwaffe. As Germany and the Soviet Union battled for victory on the Eastern Front they had to overcome significant strategic and industrial problems, as well as fighting against the extreme weather conditions of the East. These factors combined with the huge array of aircraft used on the Eastern Front to create one of the most compelling conflicts of the war. Told primarily from the strategic and command perspective, this account offers a detailed analysis of this oft-overlooked air war, tracing the clashes between Germany and the Soviet Union over the course of World War II. Historical photographs complement the examination as author E. R. Hooton explores these epic aerial battles between the Third Reich and the Soviet Union.
E. R. (Ted) Hooton has been a journalist for 40 years and a defence journalist for about 25 years. He has written numerous articles on military history and three highly regarded books on the history of the Luftwaffe - The Luftwaffe: A Study in Air Power 1933-1945 (2010), Phoenix Triumphant: The Rise and Rise of the Luftwaffe (1992) and Eagle in Flames: The Fall of the Luftwaffe (1997), as well as contributing to several others. He has also written a detailed history of air operations over the Western Front, War over the Trenches - Air Power and the Western Front Campaigns 1916-1918 (2010) and Stalin's Claws (2012), an account of Stalin's military purges and the Soviet wars prior to Barbarossa.