This monster is the first in his new series, History of the Great Patriotic War. It covers 381 pilots, their wartime careers (including the Russo-Finnish War and the War against Japan in the East), their aircraft and the decorations they were awarded, especially the Hero of the Soviet Union. The price is $180.00, which is a bargain when you consider the contents, such as the fact that it is the first such exhaustive study of this subject, and that the Soviet pilots (including women) carried a major load of the fighting in the early part of the air war. Their contribution must be recognized.
Hard cover; large format, 768 pages, 1,043 photographs, 406 tables, 784 colour profiles, 26 colour drawings of decorations and 110 colour drawings of military ranks. English/German text. Also included is an A0 size colour map that shows all Russian and German air units on 22 June 1941.