The women who flew soviet biplanes in extremely risky missions against the nazis are already a historic legend, but this graphic novel approaches that history from a new angle. The night witches by garth ennis with art by russ braun is a collection of the 3 night witch story from garth ennis battlefields, and follows one russian pilot for one heck of a story arc. The night witches were russian women who flew in combat against germany in the fight to. The soviet night witches female bomber pilots of wwii the. Shes a pilot whos always felt more at home soaring through the sky than down on earth. Scenes of ferocious dogfights, with planes peppered by bullets or exploding in midair, are as gripping as they are beautiful. To the red army air force they were an infuriating feminist sideshow. We publish 100 new interviews every month and serve a large, worldwide audience. Night witches by lj adlington doesnt need aerial flips and maneuvers to become my favorite.
These are just a few of the history books about that unit. The book gave examples of young women using their feminine wiles to gain entry into combat training. Well, full disclosureeg dad found hogan and her novel at supanova sydney 2017 and knew it was exactly the type of book i would love to read. The night witches book series by michael molloy includes books the witch trade, the time witches, and wild west witches. As a member of the 588th night bomber regiment, youll answer the call of your motherland in her darkest hour. The night witches harassed many german units during the red armys continued push out of its oncebesieged homeland. The littleknown story of the night witches, an allfemale force in. Mar 17, 2019 the allfemale night witches squadron was the direct result of women in the soviet union wanting to be actively involved in the war effort.
Reviewed by nprwith this fiction, ennis does a remarkable service to womens history. Night witches by kathryn lasky nook book ebook barnes. The story of the night witches, the allfemale anti. Namely, the night witches, an allfemale squadron of bomber pilots who.
Jun 07, 2019 the germans nicknamed them the nachthexen, or night witches, because the whooshing noise their wooden planes made resembled that of a sweeping broom. After rigorous training, and in nothing more than canvas and wood biplanes, nadia and her friends are sent to the front line, where theyll become the legends history calls the night witches. First, it depicts the life of a single night witch visually, putting readers in the hands of two veterans in the world of comics. The daring young women are all dynamically well rounded, particularly valya, who oscillates between caring for and competing with her sister. Courage will never go out of fashion, not even in our fake social media world.
Jul 17, 2019 by october of 1941, stalin was forming three female pilot regiments, one of which was called the 588th night bomber regiment. Nadia valinksky, a student teacher from moscow, wants to do more than dig ditches as the nazis advance on moscow in 1941. I came across the history of these women flyers quite by accident after seeing the plane they flew at an airshow. She was a nervous wreck before each of her 935 missions, and slept only two to four hours a day for the entirety of the war. It occurred to me, somewhere around the first quarter, that i had never read a wwii fiction book that took place in the ussrrussia and i need to read more in the future, because the combination of that and night witches fascinated me so much. The night witches reading the graphic novel the night witches, about female pilots who flew for the russians in world war ii, i thought about jane austen. Interview with hero of the soviet union rufina gasheva, hero of the soviet union nadezhda popova, hero of the russian federation aleksandra akimova, irina ra.
They braved bullets and frostbite in the air, while battling skepticism and sexual harassment on the ground. She was one of the first recruits into the night witches, surviving some of the most dangerous missions she at one point returned from a sortie with 42 bullet holes in her plane, map, and helmet but miraculously alive. Many soviet women had grown weary of playing a support role during the war and wanted to be engaged in combat on the front lines. The night witches were russian women who flew in combat against germany in the fight to defend their homeland. Namely, the night witches, an allfemale squadron of bomber pilots who ran thousands of daring bombing raids with little more than wooden planes and the cover of night and should be as. Night witches by mirren hogan goodreads share book. It is incredibly powerful, emotional, terrifying and fucking badass.
In 1941, as nazi hordes swept east into the soviet union, a desperte call went out for women to join the russian air force. Individual stories of night witches mariya smirnova was a peasant from a village school who became a squadron commander. Ballad of the unknown pilot fabius maximus website. The night witches, despite their fierce air prowess, have been mostly lost to history. But imagine doing so in a slow, rickety biplane, at night, with no lights or navigational equipment of any kind. During world war ii, the nazi war machine destroyed its way through the soviet union. The storys main character is lieutenant anna kharkova, once a naive teenager, who grows into a hardened combat wwii veteran for the soviet air force. This was the kind of book i would have liked to read when i was a kid.
Fortunately, i found night witches by mirren hogan. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Author kathryn lasky sets a fictional heroine in the true story of the allfemale soviet night bomber regiment during world war ii. After the war, the 588 th night bomber regiment was disbanded. Within a short distance of their german targets, they would shut their engines so avoid detection. Discover delightful childrens books with prime book box, a subscription that delivers new books every 1, 2, or 3 months new customers receive 15% off your. Jun 02, 2014 the story of the russian female pilots of the 588th night bomber regiment.
Apr 18, 2017 a witch is a woman in possession of power. The new books network is a consortium of authorinterview podcast channels dedicated to raising the level of public discourse by introducing. It is about the coming of age of a young russian woman who becomes a night witch. The amazing story of russias women pilots in world war ii. Many soviet women had grown weary of playing a support role during the war and wanted to. They flew under the cover of darkness in barebones plywood biplanes.
The night witches name stuck and is how they are commonly referred to now. The 588th night bomber regiment was set up after the famous russian woman aviator, marina raskova urged stalin to allow women to become fighter pilots. In the lethal skies above the eastern front, they will become a legendknown to friend and foe alike as the night witches. The story of the womens air service pilots wasp in the united states is relatively well known. Things go wrong for nina and she becomes stranded behind enemy lines with the deadly nazi murderess known as. Film will be based on the female flying unit that fought in the battle of moscow. Using all her wits, valya manages to get past the german blockage and find the night witches base, and thats when the real danger starts. Night witches by kathryn lasky night witches is set in stalingrad, russia in 1942 and is a fictional account of a young girl who joins 588th night bomber regiment of the soviet airforce. She met her future husband in the war, and lived to the age of 91. Mar 01, 2019 third reich troops already thought the sound of night wind rustling over clothcovered wings after the engines cut out sounded like a squadron of witches on broomsticksso perhaps there was a touch of supernatural dread in the nickname they gave the ladies of the 46th. To the germans they were simply nachthexennight witches. Night witches is a tabletop roleplaying game about women at war. If they fail, theyll face death, or even worse horrors. Night witches by mirren hogan nook book ebook barnes.
The night witches really is a must for anyone who appreciates a story that draws strongly on historic and universal truths. If youre interested in graphic novels, garth ennis has created a. This unit of incredibly brave women flew hundreds of missions to attack german forces on the front lines during world war ii. I found the book to be full of history that i knew little about. Soviet airwomen in world war ii a compilation of interviews done with surviving night witches in 1992, the audience comes into. Garth ennis new graphic novel creates a fictional character to flesh out the stories of the real night witches, soviet female pilots who dropped. The night witches npr coverage of the night witches by garth ennis and russ braun. Night witches is a fictional novel, telling the story of the night witches through the eyes of one pilot, nadia. Mar 25, 2017 the history guy recounts the story of the night witches, the most decorated female combat aviation unit of the second world war. See the complete night witches series book list in order, box sets or omnibus editions, and companion titles. A new play about the allfemale soviet 46th guards night bomber regiment of world war ii. The book tells the story of nadia and her comrades in the night witches a group of brave young russian women who flew fighter planes bombing nazi encampments.
The book gives a great attention to the sexism that at first existed for these women. Like all night bomber units, they will risk fiery death flying obsolete biplanes against the invaderbut unlike the rest, these pilots and navigators are women. Night witches tells the story of valya, a sixteen year old russian orphan who, along with her sister tatyana, joins the 588th night bomber regiment, an allfemale regiment of bomber pilots who spent the latter part of wwii harassing german troops. This is the first time all three night witches stories are collected in one volume and they are compelling. The glory and the pain of war are brought to life by the legendary team of garth ennis and russ braun. Mar 01, 2019 the night witches were led by marina raskova, a famous russian aviator who convinced soviet dictator joseph stalin to use female bomber pilots after germany invaded russia. The planes also produced a sound similar to a sewing machine, which is how the finnish troops referred to them.
The story of the night witches, the allfemale antifascist bomber. The history guy recounts the story of the night witches, the most decorated female combat aviation unit of the second world war. The allfemale night witches squadron was the direct result of women in the soviet union wanting to be actively involved in the war effort. She is the healer, the medicine woman, the bruja, the mother, the crafty instagrammer.
The title night witches is a bit misleading for great patriotic war buffs. Desperate times call for desperate measures, so russia creates a new bomber unit. This is an incredible book that kept turning pages right until the end. There are other books about the night witches, but none could possibly be this much fun. Untold story of soviet women in combat new ed by myles, bruce isbn. The story of the night witches, the allfemale antifascist bomber squad. The actual night witches a german coinage for the women night bomber pilots and navigators are only one third of the story. The women sometimes flew multiple missions in a single night, once 18 missions in one night by a single crew.
If they succeed, theyll inflict serious damage on the nazis. The night witches were a highlyskilled and cunning unit. Flying combat missions in wartime is always dangerous. This book entails the tales of russias women pilots of world war 2, or, as they would be nicknamed by the germans, night witches. Bold and fearless, nina markova always dreamed of flying. The author also covers the day bomber crews and coolest of all the free hunter fighter pilots which include the amazing litvak. They were a crucial soviet asset to winning world war ii. The soviet night witches female bomber pilots of wwii. While these women were courageous, tough, and even. Book club questions for the huntress by kate quinn book. It is written for the younger generation, so being old i did wish that sometimes kathryn lasky had gone into more details. Sixteenyearold valya knows what it feels like to fly.
But now, thanks to new york times bestselling author kate quinn, their story is being revived. Brave women bomber pilots of world war ii women and war. When her mother is killed during the siege, valya is left with one burning desire. Mirren hogans night witches is an engaging and fascinating historical novel that tugs at the emotions while delivering authentic details and events. The littleknown story of the night witches, an allfemale.
She learns that the air force is recruiting women under the leadership of aviator marina raskova and at once goes to enlist. Night witches film by gunilla bresky part 02 youtube. There are several works, like this post, of historical fiction about them. Night witches is a fictional novel, telling the story of the night witches through the eyes of one pilot, nadia valinsky. Much less well known however is the story of the night witches, an incredible group of soviet women who flew bombing missions during world war ii. Its spellbinding story, kickass female characters, and richly imagined worldbuilding are more than enough reasons for it to land a spot in my favorite book of 20 list. Its wellwritten and researched and i feel it needs to be on high school curricula alongside the book thief. Nadia valinksky, a student teacher from moscow, wants to do more than dig ditches. The night witches were largely unique among the female combatants and even the female flyersof world war ii.
See all books authored by deborah harkness, including a discovery of witches, and shadow of night, and more on. Jul 15, 20 the night witches were largely unique among the female combatants and even the female flyersof world war ii. There are other books about the night witches, but none could possibly be. The night witches by garth ennis, russ braun, paperback. Deborah harkness books list of books by author deborah harkness. The women sometimes flew multiple missions in a single night, once 18 missions in one night by a. From the very inception of the war, colonel marina raskova, a pilot who was. Taking inspiration from the night witches crimereads. Garth ennis credits include preacher, the boys and hitman, as well as successful runs on the punisher and fury. Using conventional realism, physical theatre, music, dance, acroyoga, shadow puppetry, and source material from anne noggles book, a dance with death.
Books by deborah harkness author of a discovery of witches. The book introduces us to nine markova who was apart of the night witches, the legendary allfemale night bomber regiment that worked against the nazis. But since the germans surrounded stalingrad, valyas been forced to stay on the ground and watch her city crumble. These women used old biplanes to bomb german targets. Some of the members returning to civilian life, and some stayed on in the soviet air force.
The soviet female pilots who terrified the german army by history titans was a short but fascinating nonfiction about the first allfemale night bomber regiments of the air forces in the soviet union that everyone should read, especially girls. In 1941, as nazi hordes swept east into the soviet union, a desperte. Praise for night witches lasky shines when describing the witches bombing missions and amplifies the suspense when valya is shot down behind enemy lines. The night witches, by garth ennis and russ braun garth ennis new graphic novel creates a fictional character to flesh out the stories of the real night witches, soviet female. Meet the night witches, the daring female pilots who bombed nazis by night. The new books network is a consortium of authorinterview podcast channels dedicated to raising the level of public discourse by introducing serious authors to a wide public via new media. I had never heard of the night witches, nor had i ever read a book on wwii based in russia. A group that got attention in myles book was the night witches. Determined to defend her people, she joins the air force. Theres a reason there are so many books about witches, many more than the 100 in this list. They were dubbed night witches by the frightened german soldiers because of the deadly stealth of their light planes. They would fly slow biplanes so low that they did not have parachutes. Oct 27, 2017 harkness is wellschooled in history and academia, and her witch trilogy consisting of a discovery of witches, the shadow of night, and the book of life is similarly rooted in historical notions.1365 670 1389 692 773 731 289 495 1027 652 916 928 1391 638 122 1441 727 1425 1306 900 801 1427 156 891 131 177 1455 1057 1237 1292 964 716 1016 4 209 384 403