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Red Phoenix Rising The Soviet Air Force in World War II by Von Hardesty, Ilya Grinberg
  

Red Phoenix Rising The Soviet Air Force in World War II

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Part of the Modern War Studies Series

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Red Phoenix Rising The Soviet Air Force in World War II by Von Hardesty, Ilya Grinberg

A groundbreaking account of the Soviet Air Force in World War II, the original version of this book, Red Phoenix, was hailed by the Washington Post as both brilliant and monumental. That version has now been completely overhauled in the wake of an avalanche of declassified Russian archival sources, combat documents, and statistical information made available in the past three decades. The result, Red Phoenix Rising, is nothing less than definitive. The saga of the Soviet Air Force, one of the least chronicled aspects of the war, marked a transition from near annihilation in 1941 to the world's largest operational-tactical air force four years later. Von Hardesty and Ilya Grinberg reveal the dynamic changes in tactics and operational art that allowed the VVS to bring about that remarkable transformation. Drawing upon a wider array of primary sources, well beyond the uncritical and ultra-patriotic Soviet memoirs underpinning the original version, this volume corrects, updates, and amplifies its predecessor. In the process, it challenges many official accounts and revises misconceptions promoted by scholars who relied heavily on German sources, thus enlarging our understanding of the brutal campaigns fought on the Eastern Front. The authors describe the air campaigns as they unfolded, with full chapters devoted to the monumental victories at Moscow, Stalingrad, and Kursk. By combining the deeply affecting human drama of pilots, relentlessly confronted by lethal threats in the air and on the ground, with a rich technical understanding of complex military machines, they have produced a fast-paced, riveting look at the air war on the Eastern Front as it has never been seen before. They also address dilemmas faced by the Soviet Air Force in the immediate postwar era as it moved to adopt the new technology of long-range bombers, jet propulsion and nuclear arms. Drawing heavily upon individual accounts down to the unit level, Hardesty and Grinberg greatly enhance our understanding of their story's human dimension, while the book's more than 100 photos, many never before seen in the West, vividly portray the high stakes and hardware of this dramatic tale. In sum, this is the definitive one-volume account of a vital but still under served dimension of the war-surpassing its predecessor so decisively that no fan of that earlier work can afford to miss it. This book is part of the Modern War Studies series.

Reviews

Although Red Phenix Rising retains the basic structure of the original, it is substantially longer and more lavishly illustrated. Its text has been fleshed out with more narrative vignettes and case-studies. Most important, Hardesty and his new co-author, Ilya Grinbert, have enlisted the aid of numerous Russian researchers, thereby incorprating a massive wealth of new facts and findings, all drawn form key arcives.

Slavonic and East European Review

An important addition to the World War II historiography, Red Phoenix Rising helps scholars and laymen better understand the nature of the war in the East, the Soviet order of battle, and the progression of the campaigns. --H-Net Reviews ?Red Phoenix was in a class of its own when it was first published but limited by what could be known from Soviet sources. This new edition of a classic can now tell the story in full. For anyone who wants to know what contribution the Soviet Air Force made to the grueling victory over Axis forces on the Eastern Front there is no better guide.?--Richard Overy, author of The Air War, 1939-1945 ?An impressive and long-awaited work that goes a long way towards filling one of the last major gaps in the historiography of the 1939-1945 air war. It should dominate the field for decades.?--Richard R. Muller, author of The German Air War in Russia Red Phoenix was in a class of its own when it was first published but limited by what could be known from Soviet sources. This new edition of a classic can now tell the story in full. For anyone who wants to know what contribution the Soviet Air Force made to the grueling victory over Axis forces on the Eastern Front there is no better guide. --Richard Overy, author of The Air War, 1939-1945 An impressive and long-awaited work that goes a long way towards filling one of the last major gaps in the historiography of the 1939-1945 air war. It should dominate the field for decades. --Richard R. Muller, author of The German Air War in Russia Although Red Phenix Rising retains the basic structure of the original, it is substantially longer and more lavishly illustrated. Its text has been fleshed out with more narrative vignettes and case-studies. Most important, Hardesty and his new co-author, Ilya Grinbert, have enlisted the aid of numerous Russian researchers, thereby incorprating a massive wealth of new facts and findings, all drawn form key arcives. --Slavonic and East European Review


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Publication date

13th April 2012

Author

Von Hardesty, Ilya Grinberg

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Publisher

University Press of Kansas

Format

Hardback
448 pages

Categories

Second World War

ISBN

9780700618286

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