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A book on bombers from Russia and the Soviet Union? Here are books on the history, types and technology of Russian bombers.

Soviet Bombers of the Second World War

Soviet bombers were a varied lot during the Second World War, ranging from single-engined biplanes such as the 1920's era Polikarpov U-2 to the excellent and modern twin-engined Tu-2 medium bomber.
Although the use of four-engined strategic bombers was mostly limited to use of the huge Pe-8 bomber, the Soviets used many other aircraft for both strategic and tactical bombing. As the bombers of the Red Air Force were mainly tasked with supporting the Red Army, most of the bombers were used for tactical bombing, attacking tanks, troop convoys, trains, and airfields.

This book will deal with both strategic bombers and tactical bombers, but will concentrate on the smaller tactical bombers, as this is where the Red Air Force's emphasis lay. Such types as the Il-4, the Su-2, the aforementioned Tu-2, and the most important bomber of all, the Il-2 Shturmovik attack bomber, will be described in great detail, including not only details on the aircraft themselves, but how they were deployed in combat.
The one truly strategic bomber, the Pe-8, will not be forgotten, and neither will the comparatively tiny U-2 biplane, which was so effective in its use as a night-time "nuisance" raider that the Germans copied the tactic wholesale.

Accurate colour profiles in some number will accompany the text in this comprehensive work on Soviet bombers.

Author:Jason Nicholas Moore
Specs:384 pages, 25.5 x 18 x 2.6 cm / 10 x 7.1 x 1.02 in, hardback
Illustrations:226 b&w and 59 colour photographs
Publisher:Fonthill Media (GB, 2019)
EAN:9781781557167
Book: Soviet Bombers of the Second World War

Soviet Bombers of the Second World War

Language: English

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Soviet Strategic Aviation in the Cold War

Born in the 1930s, the Soviet Air Force's long-range bomber arm (known initially as the ADD and later as the DA) proved itself during WW II and continued to develop in the immediate post-war years, when the former allies turned Cold War opponents. When the strategic bomber Tu-4 was found to be too 'short-legged' to deliver strikes against the main potential adversary - the USA, both Tupolev and Myasishchev OKBs began the task by creating turbine-engined strategic bombers.
By the Khrushchev era in the mid/late 1950's the Soviet defence industry and aircraft design bureaux set about adapting the bombers to take air-launched missiles for use against land and sea targets and in 1962 the DA fielded its first supersonic aircraft - the Tu-22 Blinder twinjet, which came in pure bomber and missile strike versions.
The Brezhnev years saw a resurgence of strategic aviation with the Tu-22M Backfire 'swing-wing' supersonic medium bomber entering service in the mid-1970s followed in 1984 by the Tu-95MS Bear-H and Tu-160 Blackjack which were capable of carrying six and 12 air-launched cruise missiles respectively.

"Soviet Strategic Aviation in the Cold War" shows how the DA's order of battle changed in the period from 1945 to 1991. Major operations including the air arm's involvement in the Afghan War, the Cold War exercises over international waters in the vicinity of the 'potential adversary' and the shadowing of NATO warships are covered together with details of Air Armies, bomber divisions and bomber regiments, including their aircraft on a type-by-type basis.
Over 500 photos, most of which are previously unpublished in the West, are supplemented by 61 colour profiles, colour badges and line drawings of the aircraft and their weapons, making this an essential reference source for the historian and modeller alike.

Author:Yefim Gordon
Specs:272 pages, 29.5 x 21 cm / 11.6 x 8.25 in, hardback
Illustrations:539 b&w and colour photographs, 61 profile drawings in colour
Publisher:Hikoki Publications (GB, 2009)
Series:Hikoki
EAN:9781902109084
Book: Soviet Strategic Aviation in the Cold War

Soviet Strategic Aviation in the Cold War

Language: English

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Soviet Strategic Bombers : The Hammer in the Hammer and the Sickle

The history of Soviet strategic bombers after the Second World War is a fascinating one: from the reverse-engineering of interned American Boeing B-29 bombers into the first Soviet strategic bomber, the Tu-4; to the huge jet and turbo-prop powered aircraft of today's Russian Air Force.

This comprehensive history of these aircraft will deal not just with the development of aircraft that entered service, but of experimental aircraft as well, and projects that were never even built will also be explored.
The service life of these bombers will be covered, including both active and retired aircraft, and their use outside of the Soviet Union, in places such as the Middle East and Afghanistan, will be described in detail.

The Soviet Union built some of the first jet-powered strategic bombers, and the Tu-95 Bear, the only swept-winged turbo-prop bomber to ever enter service, remains in service to this day.
Less successful aircraft, like the graceful but problem-plagued supersonic Tu-22 Blinder, and the Mach 3 Sukhoi T-4 will also be examined.

Author:Jason Nicholas Moore
Specs:304 pages, 25 x 17 x 2.2 cm / 9.8 x 6.7 x 0.87 in, hardback
Illustrations:profusely illustrated
Publisher:Fonthill Media (GB, 2017)
EAN:9781781555972
Book: Soviet Strategic Bombers : The Hammer in the Hammer and the Sickle

Soviet Strategic Bombers : The Hammer in the Hammer and the Sickle

Language: English

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