Short, Dirty and Terrifying: The Life of a Russian Pilot in World War II
The National Interest -

David Axe

World War II, Europe

For pilots the war was an uncomfortable routine punctuated by moments of sheer terror and — all too often — violent death.

Here's What You Need to Know: It was history’s greatest air war.

The Eastern Front was the decisive theater of World War II in Europe. German premier Adolf Hitler’s disastrous 1941 order to invade the vast Soviet Union mired Nazi Germany in a bloody, grinding conflict it could not win.

And as Germany bled itself pale in Russia’s rubble-heaped...

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