A Storm on a Sunny Day: The Soviet 11th Composite Aviation Division and the Luftwaffe, 22 June 1941 (Paperback)Dmitry Kienko (author)
Paperback 160 Pages / Published: 30/06/2016
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Despite the fact that a large number of books and articles have been written about the initial events in the Great Patriotic War, any study dedicated to this period of the war continues to be met with great interest. There is reason to believe that not even 10% of the Russian archival documents, many of which still remain closed to scholars, have been used thus far. Thus any new book that brings into circulation some or other of these resources becomes the next placed brick in the building of historical truth. Dmitry Kienko's study is dedicated to the operations of Soviet aviation formations over Belorussian territory in the initial period of the war, and presents the results of many years of research. The author demonstrates a fine mastery of the historiography of the problem of securing air support in the Belorussian theater of combat operations, and makes wide use of various types of sources (messages, summaries, orders, rosters, reports, etc.). These include both those found in source books of documents, as well as those revealed for the first time from the archives of Belorussia and Russia: the Russian Federation's Central Archive of the Ministry of Defense in Podol'sk, the Russian State Military Archive in Moscow, the Belorussian Republic's National Archive in Minsk, and the Government Archive of Social Organization of Grodno Oblast in Grodno. In addition to the documentary sources, the author has used materials gleaned from research in the field as well as materials from private and museum collections, which has allowed him to conduct a complex analysis of the examined questions and to draw objective conclusions. The study is split into three, each discussing one of the sub-units of the 11th Composite Aviation Division, and each sharing a logical structure. First the author examines the history of the aviation unit's initial formation, then their relocation to Belorussian territory, and then the combat training of the personnel, their equipment, and the life and daily routine in the garrisons. Particular attention is paid to the outbreak of the war and the actions of both the command of the regiments and of their personnel. Kienko scrutinizes the fate of the pilots and their planes, and of those who by chance of fate were otherwise connected with the aviation regiments. The text is significantly enhanced by illustrations (photographs, maps and drawings, many published for the first time) and tables. Kienko's study presents a wide range of fresh materials and research covering the activities of one unit of the VVS or Red Air Force at the very start of the Great Patriotic War, and by so doing enhances our knowledge of this both the air war at this time, and the formations conducting it.
Publisher: Helion & Company
Number of pages: 160
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
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