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The Soviet Night Witches flew over 30,000 missions in planes made of almost nothing more than plywood and canvas. Learn more about the origin of the Night Witches and the amazing women who flew these missions and were indispensable to the war effort in WWII.


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The Soviet Night Witches flew over 30,000 missions in planes made of almost nothing more than plywood and canvas. Learn more about the origin of the Night Witches and the amazing women who flew these missions and were indispensable to the war effort in WWII.

43 review for The Soviet Night Witches: Brave Women Bomber Pilots of World War II

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alana

    This is, sadly, the only book I could find in my library system about these pilots, but it was very informative. I'm not sure what age range it's geared toward but it presented the facts and interesting tidbits, and had a glossary in the back for some of the more complicated words to help build vocabulary. The other titles in the series look to be very U.S.-centric, but as far as giving young girls some women role-models, I'm sure they are good. I'm waiting for my inter-library loans of a couple This is, sadly, the only book I could find in my library system about these pilots, but it was very informative. I'm not sure what age range it's geared toward but it presented the facts and interesting tidbits, and had a glossary in the back for some of the more complicated words to help build vocabulary. The other titles in the series look to be very U.S.-centric, but as far as giving young girls some women role-models, I'm sure they are good. I'm waiting for my inter-library loans of a couple more detailed books to come in to learn more of the gritty details that I'm sure are a little dark for a children's book, but this is a nice introduction.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mary Shelton

    During World War II, Soviet women combat pilots flew 1920s-era canvas and plywood planes that had been used before wartime for training and crop dusting. The planes were so light that when they were on the ground during strong winds, their mechanics--also women--had to lie on their wings to keep them from blowing away. The planes were the slowest in the Soviet air forces; and unlike all the other planes, they had no metal sheeting for protection against bullets or flying debris, no radios for gr During World War II, Soviet women combat pilots flew 1920s-era canvas and plywood planes that had been used before wartime for training and crop dusting. The planes were so light that when they were on the ground during strong winds, their mechanics--also women--had to lie on their wings to keep them from blowing away. The planes were the slowest in the Soviet air forces; and unlike all the other planes, they had no metal sheeting for protection against bullets or flying debris, no radios for ground communication, and no coverings for the cockpits--which meant that when the women made multiple bombing runs on winter nights, they were unprotected from freezing wind. This 30-page, 6-chapter book is about half photos and half text (with lots of fascinating sidebars). For a quick preview, read Chapter 3: Risky Rides. Because of the glossary and critical thinking questions at the end, this is an ideal book for classroom libraries, but it is definitely NOT just for kids. I just wish more adults knew how many fascinating reads live in the "children's section" of the library.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    So neither me nor my parents did very good research on this book as we were both surprised when they gave it to me for Christmas that it was a children's book. It is very short with not a lot of specific details, however it was an excellent introduction to a piece of history that my family knew little to nothing about. So neither me nor my parents did very good research on this book as we were both surprised when they gave it to me for Christmas that it was a children's book. It is very short with not a lot of specific details, however it was an excellent introduction to a piece of history that my family knew little to nothing about.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Martha

    Fascinating picture book that would be good for all ages. As an adult, I found the summary intriguing. It shows how the Soviets were using women to destroy the Nazi's, in a dangerous manner to the women. Excellent for history classes for discussion. Fascinating picture book that would be good for all ages. As an adult, I found the summary intriguing. It shows how the Soviets were using women to destroy the Nazi's, in a dangerous manner to the women. Excellent for history classes for discussion.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cori Arnold

    Full of readable details & a good narrative for my research.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    One of the only books I could find at the library about the Night Witches but informational nonetheless :)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Libby

    Great for young readers. Informative, text features, including timeline, index, glossary and read more suggestions/websites.

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    Kelly

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    charlotte (menjaslibrary)

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