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Sioux Falls Feminists endorse Heroines of the Soviet Union for showing
that women can be every bit as courageous and heroic as any man.
92 Soviet Union women won the "Hero of the Soviet Union"
Medal. 50 of them died while defending their homeland.

Heroines of the Soviet Union
1941-1945
By Henry Sakaida and Christa Hook

Heroines of the Soviet Union: 1941-45 (2003) - 64 pages
Heroines of the Soviet Union: 1941-45 at Amazon.com

The history of military forces, artefacts, personalities and techniques of warfare.

When 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 few bombing missions at night, without parachutes; their only protection was the darkness. This book tells the stories of the amazing women that were awarded the Soviet Union's most prestigious title - Hero of the Soviet Union - for their bravery in protecting their homeland.

Henry Sakaida was born in Santa Monica, California, in October 1951. He became interested in Russian/Soviet culture and war history after taking a Russian language course and has traveled to the Ukraine and Russia twice to conduct research. He is an experienced author and has written a number of books about his other main interest, Japanese combat aviation history, including three for Osprey. Henry lives with his wife and two children in Temple City, 15 miles east of Los Angeles.

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.

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Heroines of the Soviet Union
1941-1945

By Henry Sakaida and Christa Hook

Sioux Falls Feminists endorse Heroines of the Soviet Union for showing
that women can be every bit as courageous and heroic as any man.
92 Soviet Union women won the "Hero of the Soviet Union"
Medal. 50 of them died while defending their homeland.