By Jason Nicholas Moore
The Ilyushin Il-2 Shturmovik armoured assault airplane grew to become an icon of Soviet resistance at the jap entrance within the moment international warfare. identified through the Wehrmacht because the Fleischer ( Butcher ), the Il-2 took a negative toll on German infantry and armoured autos together with tanks and attack weapons and whilst outfitted with a rear gunner, German bombers or even the occasional fighter have been between its sufferers. even if, the price used to be additionally nice; through the early phases of the battle, Il-2 pilots weren't anticipated to outlive greater than an ordinary of 5 or six sorties. The Il-2 Shturmovik was once designed as a low-level close-support airplane in a position to penetrating enemy armour and destroying floor objectives. Dubbed the Flying Tank by way of Soviet air crews, it used to be engineered to resist large punishment and nonetheless drop its payload and go back to base; Luftwaffe pilots have been frequently surprised to determine 20-mm cannon shells bouncing off its armoured plates. At its top, creation of the Il-2 reached 900 plane monthly, and by means of the top of the battle over 36,000 were equipped. It turned a well known image of Soviet resilience and was once definitely crucial plane of the crimson Air strength within the moment global conflict. Il-2 Shturmovik: crimson Avenger is the 1st finished reference paintings at the Il-2 to be written by means of a local English speaker. It combines minute element at the airplane s layout and technical improvement with an exciting account of its carrier background at the jap entrance and in different theatres, improved through the interesting stories of former pilots. Uniquely illustrated with over two hundred photographs many formerly unpublished and 50 stunningly exact color profiles, this booklet is key examining for moment global conflict historians, aviation fanatics, and modellers alike.
** This digital version comprises 152 black-and-white images, 22 maps, 33 color photos and 50 color profiles **
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Il-2 Shturmovik: Red Avenger by Jason Nicholas Moore