1) Heroes of the Soviet Union, 1941-45

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1) Heroes of the Soviet Union, 1941-45 (Elite 111) – Henry Sakaida
Osprey | 2004 | PDF

The Great Patriotic War began on 22 June 1941, when the Germans invaded the Soviet Union. Over 10 million Soviet soldiers took part in the war and of those about 12,600 earned the Soviet Union’s highest military award — the Hero of the Soviet Union — for deeds of great daring and self sacrifice. This book covers the male recipients of the Hero of the Soviet Union award during the Great Patriotic War. Snipers, fighter pilots, partisans and spies are all included, together with the famous aces Pokryshkin and Kozhedub, who both gained the award an amazing three times.

2) Heroines of the Soviet Union, 1941-45 (Elite 90) – Henry Sakaida
Osprey | 2003 | PDF

When the Great Patriotic War began many women volunteered for the armed forces, but most of them were rejected. They were steered towards nursing or other supportive roles. Many determined women managed to enter combat by first volunteering as field medics and nurses, then simply picking up a gun during the battle, and charging boldly into the line of fire. In the area of aviation, women also contributed greatly to the war effort. In rickety biplanes, they flew bombing missions at night, without parachutes; their only protection was the darkness. This book tells the stories of the brave women that were awarded the Soviet Union’s most prestigious title — Hero of the Soviet Union — for their bravery in protecting their homeland.