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Sioux Falls Feminists endorse Women in Air War for describing
the Soviet Union women dive bomber pilots and bomber pilots.

Women in Air War
The Eastern Front of World War II
By Kazimiera Cottam

Women in Air War (1998) - 315 pages
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"My superiors made no distinction between male and female regiments of which the girls were very proud. I must admit, however, I sometimes wished they remembered that our regiment consisted of women, and would not send them into the very hell. Every pilot, every crew member became dear to me. I loved them all, was proud of them, and dreaded the possibility that any one of them might not return…" wrote Major Valentin Markov, the male commander of the women's dive bomber wing, in this unique collection of WWII memoirs that tell, in a simple, unaffected style, the story of the three women's wings which owed their existence to Marina Raskova, a remarkable pioneer woman navigator-pilot. Adding a new dimension to the literature about the war, this easy-to-read, amply illustrated an engaging collection provides new insights into the history of the air war on the Eastern Front.

The theme of this book is personal experience of Soviet airwomen during World War II. This book consists of contributions of about sixty individual authors, who tell the story of three women's air wings formed by Marina Raskova, famous woman pilot/navigator. There are over sixty illustrations, mostly dating to World War II. The editor/translator of this book has taught Russian History at the University of Ottawa and was employed by the Canadian Department of National Defense. She is recipient of the 1999 Mary Zirin Prize awarded by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies (affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies).

Kazimiera J. Cottam is an expert military translator, a University of Toronto PhD graduate in history, and a former Research Associate of the Summer Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

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Women in Air War
The Eastern Front of World War II
By Kazimiera Cottam

Sioux Falls Feminists endorse Women in Air War for describing
the Soviet Union women dive bomber pilots and bomber pilots.