Tag: NON-FICTION

Setting Type: Teen Titans Go! to the Movies

In the interests of laziness, yet again I’m basing a post topic on my children’s viewing choices.

The very first Setting Type feature used the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for inspiration. With an upcoming family outing to Teen Titans Go! to the Movies, I’m going to recommend historical reading picks for the five title heroes.

If you’re not into superhero movies because they’re too serious, brooding and overblown with action set pieces, then you should definitely check it the Teen Titans, because they are none of those things.


Mini-Review Round-Up: World War 2 on the Eastern Front

Another round of mini-reviews, this time of some books I’ve recently read on the Eastern Front of World War II as part of research for the upcoming sequels to Sparrow Squadron.

I managed to avoid an 0-fer June. For July I’ll try not to cut it so close. My blogging is still sparse thanks to the research and work I’m doing for a pair of sequels. So why not kill two birds with one stone? Here are mini-reviews of four books that I’ve read on the Eastern Front of World War II. For some other book recommendations on the subject, please check out my list of memoirs of the Eastern Front.

You may also get a hint as to what’s to come in the next installment of Aelita’s War.


Deadly Skies: Soviet Women Fighter Pilots of WWII

Nearly eight decades ago, Soviet women fighter pilots proved they could be the Top Guns of their day.

We live in a time when shockingly regressive views can gain traction and popularity. Case in point: apparently some people aren’t convinced that women can fly planes. That deserves a “well, actually:” women have been involved with powered flight since the very beginning.

While pioneering early aviators like Amelia Earhart may have seemed like novelties or aberrations, that changed with World War II. Just as it was a time for women to prove in large numbers they could do “a man’s job” in science and industry, this was also when women proved they could fly planes just as well. Air forces on all sides employed women as test pilots and to ferry new planes to the front lines. Moreover, in the Soviet Union, women pilots were put to the ultimate test in combat.

Due to the Cold War, the contribution of Soviet women combat pilots was little known in the West. Thankfully, more and more, their history is coming to light. Most of the attention goes to the “Night Witches,” an all-female regiment of bomber pilots. Flying their antiquated biplanes in the dead of night, they are a plucky underdog story. But arguably more amazing is the fact that the Soviet Union also entrusted women with the most expensive and technologically advanced hardware the Motherland had to offer: fighter planes.

This is the story of Soviet women fighter pilots of World War II.


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