280 pp., 17 x 24 cm, 505 b&w photos
A pictorial history on the contribution that Soviet airwomen brought to the II World War. The Author retraces meticulously the role that these young women played during what they called themselves the “Great patriotic War”. He went several times to Russia and Ukraine gathering interviews, informations, records, photographs, relics and all he reckoned would have been usefull to portrait the real facts. He got in contact with the veterans and still keeps in touch with them. Such an amount of research led the Author to recount on a subject that was little known from the Westerns. The book had such a huge success in Italy that led to a II Edition and to a specific documentary broadcasted on Channel 2 of the national network. The book is divided into sections, starting from the three regiments created by Marina Raskova to the interesting and misterious figure of Lidya Litvyak, not omitting excellent ace Katya Budanova. Absolutely charming the chapter dedicated to the “Night Witches”. Over 500 photos guide the reader through an amazing adventure, sorties, victories, defeats, friendship, romances, losses and death. A magnificent tribute to women aviators and ground crew who successfully defended their Country till the end.