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Old 01-02-2008, 04:51 AM   #1
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Default A damn good read.

My in-laws brought me "Poznat Sebya v Boiu" - "Discover Yourself in Battle", by Alexander Pokryshkin, it's in Russian but one interesting book. Throws quite a lot of light on the whole mentality of the Soviet VVS and the amount of hassle he had with party brown nosers.

If I find some good passages I'll translate them and post them here.
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Old 01-05-2008, 01:43 AM   #2
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Sounds interesting. I would think something by Pokryshkin would generate enough international interest to be translated, but after briefly looking around that doesn't appear to be the case. Really too bad.

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Old 01-05-2008, 09:38 AM   #3
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I would have thought so too. It could become a project for me once I have read it and understand it. His writing is clear and purposeful, not literary like the great writers whoeven in English I got bored with.

Just got past the bit where he accidentally shot down an SU-2 and enjoying how he really thought a lot of his commanders were idiots.
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