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French Eagles, Soviet Heroes

French Eagles, Soviet Heroes (Paperback, New title)

By Clarke, John D.

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In 1942, General de Gaulle agreed to send French pilots to fight alongside the Red Air Force against the Germans on the Eastern Front. On 1 September 1942, the Groupe de Chasse III or 3rd Fighter Group 'Normandie' was created, equipped with Yak-3 fighter aircraft. On 5 April 1943..., pilots Preziosi and Durand shared the unit's first 'kill'. Over the next two years, the group became the most highly decorated fighter unit ever to fly for France, and the second highest scoring fighter air group of the Soviet Air Force. Such was their notoriety that in May 1943 an order was signed by the German General Keitel stating that all 'Normandie' pilots were to be shot if captured. The 'Normandie' Group took an active part in the air support of the epic Battle of Kursk and in 1944 Stalin added 'Niemen' to their title in recognition of the help they rendered to the Soviet Army in crossing this river. The first of the Western Allies to capture and occupy German territory, 'Normandie-Niemen' clashed with the crack German fighter group JG51 Molders in the air battle over Konigsberg in March 1945. By the war's end the Group had racked up an impressive 273 confirmed victories and another 36 probables.
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ISBN 9780750940740
Released NZ 23 Jun 2005
Publisher The History Press Ltd
Format Paperback, New title
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ISBN-13 9780750940740
Stock Available
Status Title is temporarily out of stock
Publisher The History Press Ltd
Imprint The History Press Ltd
Released 23 Jun 2005
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New title
Edition New title
Author(s) By Clarke, John D.
Category World History: Second World War
European History
Military History
Air Forces & Warfare
Battles & Campaigns
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 10mm
Dewey Code 940.544944
Weight 630g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress World War, 1939-1945, History
NBS Text Military History
ONIX Text General/trade