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Il-2 Shturmovik: Red Avenger by Jason Nicholas Moore

By Jason Nicholas Moore

** This digital version comprises 152 black-and-white photos, 22 maps, 33 color pictures and 50 color profiles **

The Ilyushin Il-2 Shturmovik armoured assault plane turned an icon of Soviet resistance at the japanese entrance within the moment global struggle. recognized during the Wehrmacht because the Fleischer ( Butcher ), the Il-2 took a bad toll on German infantry and armoured automobiles together with tanks and attack weapons and while outfitted with a rear gunner, German bombers or even the occasional fighter have been between its sufferers. even if, the associated fee used to be additionally nice; throughout the early levels of the struggle, Il-2 pilots weren't anticipated to outlive greater than a regular of 5 or six sorties. The Il-2 Shturmovik used to be designed as a low-level close-support airplane able to penetrating enemy armour and destroying floor objectives. Dubbed the Flying Tank through Soviet air crews, it was once engineered to resist super punishment and nonetheless drop its payload and go back to base; Luftwaffe pilots have been usually surprised to determine 20-mm cannon shells bouncing off its armoured plates. At its top, construction of the Il-2 reached 900 airplane per thirty days, and by means of the top of the warfare over 36,000 have been outfitted. It turned a popular image of Soviet resilience and was once unquestionably crucial airplane of the purple Air strength within the moment international warfare. Il-2 Shturmovik: purple Avenger is the 1st finished reference paintings at the Il-2 to be written by means of a local English speaker. It combines minute aspect at the plane s layout and technical improvement with an exciting account of its carrier heritage at the japanese entrance and in different theatres, stronger by means of the attention-grabbing stories of former pilots. Uniquely illustrated with over 2 hundred pictures many formerly unpublished and 50 stunningly exact color profiles, this ebook is vital studying for moment global struggle historians, aviation fanatics, and modellers alike.

** This digital variation comprises 152 black-and-white images, 22 maps, 33 color images and 50 color profiles **

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