WOMEN IN AVIATION I LIDIYA LITVYAK
MANY WOMEN FILLED THE FRONTLINE RANKS OF SOVIET ARMED FORCES DURING WORLD WAR TWO. ONE SUCH COMBATANT WAS FEMALE FIGHTER PILOT LIDIYA LITVYAK, AS MALCOLM V LOWE DETAILS
The conflict on the Eastern Front became known to the Soviet Union’s people as the Great Patriotic War and it is still seen in that way by modernday Russians. It was a grim, total conflict, with little mercy being given by either side. Within this cauldron of death and destruction, which lasted from June 1941 until May 1945, a tough and very specific breed of combatants came to the fore on the Soviet side.