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Somewhere, in the ever-fluctuating meta-topographical landscape of the collective human consciousness, there is a line. It’s not a big line, and it too fluctuates, but it’s an important line.
It’s the line between selfless bravery and complete bats**t insanity.
The women of the Soviet Union’s three female air regiments (99% of which were volunteers) lived on that line for four years. They lived on it, slept on it, danced across it in whichever direction the situation called for as needed. Take, fo
‘A Dance with Death’, Soviet Airwomen in World War II, Anne Noggle, 1994. Eager to embrace the Marxist ideological doctrine of equality between the sexes, Joseph Stalin ensures that thousands of young Russian women are able to receive flight training. By the late 1930’s the Soviet Union can boast that one third of all licensed pilots are women. Following the Nazi invasion of 1941, thousands of young, patriotic, female pilots rush to join the military. Most are just girls. – university students b
Fascinating series of interviews with the women who flew combat in Word War II. Didn’t know women flew combat missions? They did, and in biplanes without navigational instruments or parachutes against well-armed and prepared Nazi troops. Night bombing runs, dogfights, forced landings, escapes across minefields, and other amazing feats accomplished.
Luckily Noggle was able to meet with many of the surviving Soviet flyers and get their accounts first hand before time silenced them forever.