Tag: SOVIET UNION

Weapons and Vehicles of the Great Patriotic War: A Visual Reference

A visual aid for readers of Aelita’s War (Post 2 of 2)

In Sparrow Squadron, Raven’s Shadow, and now the upcoming Wounded Falcon, my trilogy following Soviet fighter pilots in World War II, I’ve included glossaries of terms that may be unfamiliar to readers. Even so, some readers like visualizing the different vehicles and equipment they come across in the story. To help with that, I’ve put together a visual reference of various military equipment in use during the Great Patriotic War, also known as the Eastern Front of World War II. All of these entries appear in the novels, and I’ve included some brief notes that might be pertinent to their appearance in the story. There is additional information available for some of these at the glossary here.

In Part 1 of this post, I described the many aircraft that would become common sights in the skies for Soviet fighter pilots like Aelya. In this part, I’ll cover some of the weapons and vehicles that would be seen on the ground.


Warplanes of the Great Patriotic War: A Visual Reference (No Spoilers!)

A visual aid for readers of Aelita’s War (Post 1 of 2)

In Sparrow Squadron, Raven’s Shadow, and now the upcoming Wounded Falcon, my trilogy following Soviet fighter pilots in World War II, I’ve included glossaries of terms that may be unfamiliar to readers. Even so, some readers like visualizing the different vehicles and equipment they come across in the story. To help with that, I’ve put together a visual reference of various military equipment in use during the Great Patriotic War, also known as the Eastern Front of World War II. All of these entries appear in the novels, and I’ve included some brief notes that might be pertinent to their appearance in the story. If you want more more detailed definitions, you can check out the glossary here.

Don’t worry, I’ve made this spoiler free (okay, maybe a few, very minor, spoilers)!

You can skip ahead to Part 2, Weapons & Vehicles, here.


Primer: Operation Barbarossa and the Battle of Stalingrad

Continuing my series of primers for Aelita’s War, this post includes material from the notes to the second novel, Raven’s Shadow. It covers German invasion of the Soviet Union and the subsequent actions, including the Battle of Stalingrad, that lead up to the events in the novel.