Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Dance with Death



Shortly after the beginning of World War II, three new air force regiments were created in the Soviet Union- one bomber regiment and two fighter regiments. This would be unimportant if it wasn't for the fact that they were entirely composed of women. These women were some of the best fighter pilots, mechanics, and navigators to take to the skies. Some would be transferred to men regiments because of their skill. Some would be known as "Night Witches," who dropped bombs on the enemy as they slept.  And two of their number would go on to become the first and only two women fighter aces in the world- Katya Budanova and Lilya Litvyak.

Sixty-nine of these remarkable women were interviewed. 
A Dance with Death records their stories of breaking through the gender barrier, of their daring in battle, and of their friendship for one another. It's truly a thrill to read.


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