Il-2 Shturmovik Guards Units of World War 2

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Il-2 Shturmovik Guards Units of World War 2

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Over 43,000 Il-2/10s were built between 1941 and 1955, more than any other combat aircraft in history, making this one of the most important Soviet aircraft deployed in World War II (1939-1945). Built originally as a two-seater, the Il-2 had lost the rear gunner's position by the time the aircraft started to reach frontline units. Armed with ground-attack rockets, the aircraft proved deadly against Wehrmacht panzers as pairs of Il-2s roamed the frontline at low level. However, the Shturmoviks (armored attackers) were vulnerable to attack from the rear by enemy fighters, so Ilyushin reverted to the two-seat layout in September 1942. Oleg Rastrenin provides a fascinating account of the complex development history of a plane that was crucial to Russia's defense. From Stalingrad to Kursk to Berlin, this book charts the airplane's vital contribution to the most famous battles of the Eastern front.

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Wartime development and combat tactics/Kharkov turning point/Battle of Stalingrad/Battle of Kursk/Byelorussian offensive/Downfall of Germany

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Published Mar 18 2008
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781846032967
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 32 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Combat Aircraft
Short code COM 71
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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