A Thousand Sisters

A Thousand Sisters

The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II

Book - 2019
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In the early years of World War II, Josef Stalin issued an order that made the Soviet Union the first country in the world to allow female pilots to fly in combat. Led by Marina Raskova, these three regiments, including the 588th Night Bomber Regiment--nicknamed the "night witches"--faced intense pressure and obstacles both in the sky and on the ground. Some of these young women perished in flames. Many of them were in their teens when they went to war. This is the story of Raskova's three regiments, women who enlisted and were deployed on the front lines of battle as navigators, pilots, and mechanics. It is the story of a thousand young women who wanted to take flight to defend their country, and the woman who brought them together in the sky. Packed with black-and-white photographs, fascinating sidebars, and thoroughly researched details, A Thousand Sisters is the inspiring true story of a group of women who set out to change the world, and the sisterhood they formed even amid the destruction of war.
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062453013
Branch Call Number: YA 940.5449 Wein
Characteristics: 388 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm


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Aug 31, 2019

The book was just "okay." The original Russian (translated) book called, "Night Witches," was far better for me. As I was reading the Scottish writer's stories of female Soviet pilots, I felt that her writing style was almost boring, and she quoted a lot of stories from the original Russian books. Maybe, her book will introduce more people to books about the female perspectives of World War II.


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