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Defending the Motherland

The Soviet Women Who Fought Hitler's Aces

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Translated from the Russian.  Drawing on original interviews with survivors, Lyuba Vinogradova weaves together their untold stories.  Her panoramic account of these women's lives follows them from society balls to unmarked graves, from landmark victories to the horrors of Stalingrad.  Battling not just fearsome Aces of the Luftwaffe but also prejudice from their own leaders, women such as Lilya Litvyak and Katya Budanova are brought to life by the diaries and recollections of those who knew them, and who watched them live, love, fight and die.


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