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Attack of the Airacobras: Soviet Aces, American P-39S, and the Air War Against Germany (Modern War Studies) epub ebook

by D. F. Loza

Attack of the Airacobras: Soviet Aces, American P-39S, and the Air War Against Germany (Modern War Studies) epub ebook

Author: D. F. Loza
Category: Military
Language: English
Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas (December 1, 2001)
Pages: 392 pages
ISBN: 0700611401
ISBN13: 978-0700611409
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 825
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An important book for air power and World War II history as it covers two topics long neglected by English speaking . Loza’s fascinating and insightful book shows that the seemingly obsolete P-39 aircraft did much more than ‘tank busting’ on the Eastern Front.

An important book for air power and World War II history as it covers two topics long neglected by English speaking writers and readers. The first is the aircraft, the Bell P-39. The second area of neglect is the air war on the eastern front viewed from the Soviet perspective. "Loza’s fascinating and insightful book shows that the seemingly obsolete P-39 aircraft did much more than ‘tank busting’ on the Eastern Front. Providing a rare insider’s look at Russian air operations, it’s a welcome addition to the history of the air war in World War I. -Von Hardesty, author of Red Phoenix: The Rise of Soviet Air Power, 1941–1945.

Attack of the Airacobras book. The impact was dramatic, as the Soviets quickly adapted the planes into a devastatingly lethal force.

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Items related to Attack of the Airacobras: Soviet Aces, American P-39S,. D. F. Loza Attack of the Airacobras: Soviet Aces, American P-39S, and the Air War Against Germany (Modern War Studies). ISBN 13: 9780700611409. Attack of the Airacobras: Soviet Aces, American P-39S, and the Air War Against Germany (Modern War Studies). Center stage in Loza's story are the P-39 pilots and ground crews themselves, including remarkable Captain Aleksandr Pokryshkin and Major Gregoriy Rechkalov, two of the Soviets' top four aces.

Product Identifiers. Dmitriy Loza, a much-decorated Soviet Army colonel, commanded a Sherman-equipped tank battalion in World War II. James F. Gebhardt, a twenty-year veteran of the . Army, has translated two other works by Loza, Commanding the Red Army's Sherman Tanks and Fighting for the Soviet Motherland. Country of Publication.

During its titanic military struggle with Germany, the Soviet Union received a major boost with the arrival and deployment of nearly 5,000 Bell P-39 Airacobra fighter planes-courtesy of America's Lend-Lease program

During its titanic military struggle with Germany, the Soviet Union received a major boost with the arrival and deployment of nearly 5,000 Bell P-39 Airacobra fighter planes-courtesy of America's Lend-Lease program.

The Modern War Studies series provides a forum for the best of the new military history. Attack of the Airacobras

The Modern War Studies series provides a forum for the best of the new military history. The scope of this series is global, comparative, and comprehensive. Attack of the Airacobras. Soviet Aces, American P-39s, and the Air War Against Germany. January 2002 386 pages.

Attack of the Airacobras: Soviet Aces, American P-39's and the Air War against Germany. University Press of Kansas. p. 359. ISBN 0-7006-1140-1. The Red Air Force at War: Barbarossa and the Retreat to Moscow – Recollections of Fighter Pilots on the Eastern Front. Barnsley, South Yorkshire, UK: Pen & Sword Military, 2007, p. 133. ISBN 1-84415-563-3

During the war he completed 457 sorties, in which he gained at least 31 individual kills, making him one of the . Attack of the Airacobras: Soviet Aces, American P-39's and the Air War Against Germany.

During the war he completed 457 sorties, in which he gained at least 31 individual kills, making him one of the highest-scoring Soviet flying aces. 300. ISBN 9780700611409. Simonov & Bodrikhin 2017, p. 153.

I've almost finished reading this book "Attack of the Airacobras" by Loza. In May 1942, Nazi submarines sank two Mexican tankers, and Mexico declared war against the Axis powers. Loza makes the point that contrary to beliefs in the west that the P-39 was used as a ground attack weapon, it's main use was in the fighter role. Of course, there are instances where ground targets were strafed, especially in the "free hunting" role. Thus forming the 201st Mexican Fighter Squadron equipped with the P-47D and sent to fight in the Pacific. ISBN 1-84415-563-3

During its titanic military struggle with Germany, the Soviet Union received a major boost with the arrival and deployment of nearly 5,000 Bell P-39 Airacobra fighter planes--courtesy of America's Lend-Lease program. The impact was dramatic, as the Soviets quickly adapted the planes into a devastatingly lethal force. Dmitriy Loza's account, admirably translated and edited by James Gebhardt, vividly re-creates the battle campaigns of this odd coupling of capitalist planes and Marxist pilots and shines a bright light on a little known part of the air war on the Eastern Front.

Built for short range and relatively low altitudes, the P-39 was equipped with a powerful engine and weapons that enabled it to outduel and eventually dominate the Luftwaffe from the Caucusus foothills to Berlin.

Focusing on the combat operations and daily life of one unit--the 9th Guards Fighter Division--Loza refutes the myth that the P-39 was used mainly as a "tank buster" or "flying artillery." Instead, its primary mission was to protect Red Army operations from aerial attacks by the enemy.

Center stage in Loza's story are the P-39 pilots and ground crews themselves, including remarkable Captain Aleksandr Pokryshkin and Major Gregoriy Rechkalov, two of the Soviets' top four aces. In addition, Loza details the organization and operations of the unit's noncombat personnel--who refueled and maintained the aircraft, cleaned and reloaded the guns, packed the parachutes, treated the wounded, guarded the airfields, and commanded the squadrons and regiments.

Based on interviews with Soviet veterans and extensive access to squadron histories and logbooks, Loza provides a rare and insightful look at what it was like to live and fight in this victorious air unit.

This book is part of the Modern War Studies series.

Reviews (7)
Gindian
Pros:
Provides insight into the deployment and use of tactical aircraft by the Soviet military. Briefly describes the changes in tactics after the first few months of the war. The coverage of the repair units and quality issues with the P-39 were also welcome. If you have a interest in the Soviet tactical use of the P-39, there is enough here for you.
Cons:
The text literally flows in a tedious, cliche like manner. I do not know if is a question of the authors style or some nuance was lost during translation. If you're looking for something written in the style of Pierre Clostermann or Robert Scott this is not the book for you.
Summary:
This is not a casual read. Utilize the foot notes as much as possible. This is an important book in how it describes the tactical environment and use of the P-39 in the Soviet air force. I consider this book a great companion volume to Red Phoenix Rising:The Soviet Air Force in World War II by Von Hardesty.

Bludworm
This book sheds much needed light on the pivotal role the P-39 Airacobra played in the resurgence of the VVS. Rejected by both the RAF and the USAAF because of its poor, high-altitude performance (Above 15,000 ft.), the P-39 proved to be an ideal, air superiority plane on the Eastern Front where air combats occurred almost exclusively at low to medium altitudes. In the hands of Soviet pilots, the Airacobra ended the war having destroyed more Axis planes than any other U.S. fighter, even the vaunted P-51 Mustang. Three of the 4 highest scoring Soviet aces (Rechkalov, Pokryshkin & Gulayev) gained the bulk of their victories in the P-39 Airacobra, all of whom exceeded the leading ace of the Western Allies, Sqn. Ldr. Pattle.

Vijora
In the West, the Airacobra is usually tagged as one of the worst fighters of the World War II era. Loza's book shows the other side of the coin in fine detail - describing the aspects of the air war over the Russian Front that played to the P-39's strengths and the VVS's combat tactics that allowed the P-39 to succeed as an air superiority aircraft deserving of respect and admiration.

Gralinda
Impressive story/translation project but the style of writing seemed a cross between Communist propaganda and a cold report.

Joni_Dep
One of the few factua sources of info concerning the Bell P39 Airacobra.

Taun
This book greatly expanded my knowledge on not only the P-39 and its strengths and weaknesses but also the methods and personalities of the war timeVVS. This is a great companion to Red Stars Against the Swastica which I recently read. When I was growing up in the 50s and 60s this kind of information was unobtainable.

Tygrarad
great book about the soviet aces that flew the aircobra.

good book

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