Air Battles Over the Baltic 1941

Air Battles Over the Baltic 1941

ISBN: 9781911512561

Author: Mikhail Timin & Kevin Bridge

Publisher: Helion & Company

Format: Hardback

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This unique work is the first in a series of publications dedicated to the condition of the air forces of the Red Army prior to the Nazi invasion of 22 June 1941. The author describes in detail the composition and the capabilities of the Soviet aviation alignment in the Baltic Special Military District, as well as the training of flight crews and technical personnel; the number and quality of the materiel; the condition of the logistics structures, as well as the operational and tactical plans of both Soviet and German Command; and their reconnaissance operations. By using data from Soviet and German archive documents, a chronology is recreated (along with the details) of the air battles in the skies over the Baltic region on the first day of the Great Patriotic War.

The photographs, as well as biographies, are presented of all the commanders of the divisions, regiments and of the command headquarters of the Baltic Special Military District. More than 300 unique photographs of Soviet and German aircraft are presented (together with those of their pilots) from the Soviet and German Archives, as well as from private collections. The camouflage, markings and insignia of aircraft that participated in the air battle are recreated, and maps illustrating the bases belonging to the two warring sides (both original and those recreated from archive documents) are presented. In Soviet historiography, these events have been afforded insufficient attention and, in fact, right up until 1991, not one serious work on this topic had been published.

Book Title: Air Battles Over the Baltic 1941
Publisher: Helion & Company
Title Release: January 2018
ISBN: 9781911512561
Author: Mikhail Timin & Kevin Bridge
Format: Hardback
About the Author: Mikhail Valeryevich Timin was born on 30 July 1979 in the city of Ulyanovsk, in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). He attained a higher education - graduating from Ulyanovsk State Technical University - and currently lives in Moscow, Russia. Married with two sons, he is a researcher specialising in the history of the Air Forces of the USSR and is the author of approximately 50 publications in the following journals: Aviatsiya i Kosmonavtika, AviaMaster, AviaPark and Flypast, as well as on the internet portal warspot.ru. For more than 10 years, he has been engaged in researching documents on Soviet military aviation in the Russian Archives: The Central Archive of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation (in Podolsk), The Russian State Military Archive (Moscow) and The Russian State Documentary Film and Photo Archive (in Krasnogorsk). Kevin Bridge BA MCIL is a Russian to English Translator / Editor specialising in Aviation & Aeronautics and Russian Translation for the Publishing Sector. He has been working as a Translator since October 2007 and to date he has translated 12 books, which have either been serialised in an historical aviation journal, or have been published by leading military history and academic publishers. He has also acted as an Interpreter for Russian and Western aircrew at aviation events such as the Farnborough Airshow. He gained a BA Degree in Russian & Soviet Studies from the University of Portsmouth in 1998 and has travelled extensively in Russia. He also worked for a period of five years as a Russian Linguist before embarking on translation. He joined the Chartered Institute of Linguists in March 2012 as a full Member (MCIL) and was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Russian Aviation Research Trust (RART), in view of his translation work and Russian language skills in September 2013.

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