Tag: WW2

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.


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.


Outpost: Unsung Heroes of Women’s History Month

I was invited to write a guest post for P.K. Adams’s history blog to help celebrate unsung women heroes for Women’s History Month.

In the course of researching my novel, I came across many stories of women who fought for the Soviet Union. Since my story focuses on fighter pilots, I was especially interested in those who flew in combat. Other historical fiction writing highlights the night bomber crews, the famous “Night Witches.” For my post, I thought it would be good to highlight three other women pilots who deserve more recognition: one was an air ambulance pilot celebrated on propaganda posters; one flew ground attack planes and survived a German death camp only to be persecuted by the Soviets after the war; and one commanded a regiment of male pilots and has a monument to her in Moscow.

Many thanks to P.K. Adams for giving me this opportunity at writing this guest post, or “outpost,” as I’d like to call it, to avoid confusing with guest posts on my own blog ?. Don’t @ me!

You can read the post here:

The Forgotten History of Soviet Women Pilots