Selected References at Air University Library

November 2001

Compiled by Bibliography Branch
Air University Library
Maxwell AFB, AL


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Grolier Inc. World War II Main Article.
    See especially: Between the Wars, Developments in Air Warfare.

HistoryPlace. Soviet Fighter on Three Fronts.
    Interview with Colonel Evgeny Nikolayevitch Stepanov, a Russian military aviator who flew before and during WWII.


Boyd, Alexander. The Soviet Air Force Since 1918. New York, Stein and Day, 1977. 259 p.
Book call no.: 358.0947 B789s

Calculations: Net Assessment and the Coming of World War II., edited by Williamson Murray and Alan R. Millett. New York, Free Press, 1992. 354 p.
    Soviet Net Assessment in the 1930's, by Earl F. Ziemke, pp 175-215. Includes discussion of Soviet air power.
Book call no.: 355.0330043 C144

The Conduct of the Air War in the Second World War., edited by Horst Boog. New York, Berg, 1992. 763 p.
    The Soviet Air Force: Doctrine, Organization and Technology, by Von Hardesty, pp 207-227.
Book call no.: 940.544 I61c

Hardesty, Von. Red Phoenix: The Rise of Soviet Air Power, 1941-1945. Washington, DC, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1982. 288 p.
    Chapter 1: The Arduous Beginning.
    Chapter 2: Where Was Our Air Force?
Book call no.: 940.544947 H259r

Kilmarx, Robert A. A History of Soviet Air Power. New York, Praeger, 1962. 359 p.
Book call no.: 358.40947 K48h

Lee, Asher. The Soviet Air Force, forward by Alexander P. de Seversky. New York, John Day Company, 1962. 288 p.
    Chapter 1: Russian Civil War to Spanish Civil War.
    Chapter 2: Barbarossa to Berlin.
Book call no.: 358.0947 L477sa 1962

Military Effectiveness. Volume II: The Interwar Period., edited by Allan R. Millett and Williamson Murray. Boston, Allen & Unwin, 1988. 281 p.
    The Soviet Armed Forces in the Interwar Period, by Earl F. Ziemke, pages 1-38.
Book call no.: 355.00904 M644 v.2

Military Planning and the Origins of the Second World War in Europe, edited by B. J. C. McKercher and Roch Legault.  Westport, CT, Praeger, 2001.  212 p.
      Jedi Knights in the Kremlin: The Soviet Military in the 1930s and the Genesis of Deep Battle, by Roman J. Jarymowycz, pp 121-144.
Book call no.: 940.53  M644

Morrow, John H. Jr. The Great War in the Air: Military Aviation From 1909 to 1921. Washington, DC, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1993. 458 p.
    Examines the rise and decline of military aviation from 1909-1921 in the major combatant powers. See index under Russia.
Book call no.: 940.44 M883g

Overy, Richard and Wheatcroft Andrew. The Road to War. London, Macmillan, 1989. 364 p.
    "...each of the nations eventually involved [in WWII] had complex motives for their policy in the years between the wars...The aim of this book is to retell the story of the twenty years between the wars without benefit of hindsight." Chapter 5 discusses the Soviet Union, pp 183-222.
Book call no.: 940.5311 O92r

The Paths of Heaven: The Evolution of Airpower Theory., School of Advanced Airpower Studies, edited by Philip S. Meilinger. Maxwell Air Force Base, AL, Air University Press, 1997. 650 p.
    Chapter 5: Airpower Thought in Continental Europe between the Wars, by James S. Corum, pp 151-181. Soviet Union discussed on pages 162-168.
Book call no.: 358.4 P297

Peterson, Edward N. An Analytical History of World War II, Volume 1. New York, Peter Lang, 1995. 470 p.
    A year-by-year examination of the nations involved in World War II, including the military power of each, from 1931-1945.
Book call no.: 940.54 P485a v. 1

The Soviet Air Force in World War II: The Official History, Originally Published by the Ministry of Defense of the USSR., tranlated by Leland Fetzer, edited by Ray Wagner. Garden City, NY, Doubleday and Co., 1973. 440 p.
Book call no.: 940.544947 S729

Soviet Aviation and Air Power : A Historical View., edited by Robin Higham and Jacob W. Kipp. Boulder, CO, Westview Press, 1978. 328 p.
    The Beginnings of Russian Air Power, 1907-1922, pages 15-33.
    NEP and the Industrialization to 1928, pages 35-46.
    Aviation under Stalin, pages 47-67.
Book call no.: 358.41047 H638s

Whiting, Kenneth R. Soviet Air Power. Boulder, CO, Westview Press, 1986. 264 p.
    Evolution of Soviet Air Power, pages 1-57.
Book call no.: 358.40947 W599s 1986


King, John J. Soviet Air Combat Experience: The Soviet Air Force in Support of Ground Forces in World War II. Maxwell AFB, AL, Air War College, April 1978. 43 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 43117 K53s

Thurston, Joe B. Development of Soviet Tactical Air Defense 1917-77. Maxwell AFB, AL, Air War College, February 1978. 95 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 43117 T545d


Fuller, Curtis. How the Red Air Force Fights. Flying 36:21-23+ May 1945.
    Author states that "the Soviets emphasize tactics more than strategy and design both planes and plans for ground support."

Kilmarx, Robert A. The Russian Imperial Air Forces of World War I. Airpower Historian 10:90-95 July 1963.

Kozhevnikov, M. Birth of the Air Armies. Aerospace Historian 22:73-76 June 1975.
    Orginally published in the September 1972 issue of the Military Historical Journal, the official publication of the USSR's Ministry of Defense.

Mets, David R. The Origins of Soviet Air Theory and Doctrine. Military Review 55:36-48 August 1975.
    Examines the pre-World War II foundations of Soviet air power theory.

Potts, Ramsay D. The Foundations of Soviet Air Power: A Historical and Managerial Interpretation. American Academy of Political and Social Science. Annals. 299:38-48 May 1955.

Scott, William F. Soviet Aerospace Forces: Continuity and Contrast. Air Force Magazine 59:38-47 March 1976.
    Author examines the evolution of Russian aerospace forces and doctrine from inception in Czarist times to the mid-seventies.

Stamper, George Lee Jr. The Sikorsky S-16 and Russian Aviation during the Great War. War in History 7:65-81 January 2000.
    The story of the Sikorsky S-16 fighter, in conjunction with the evolution of the Squadron of Flying Ships and the Imperial Russian Air Force, demonstrates that Russia possessed the technical know-how to design state-of-art aircraft and the doctrinal savvy to employ them to great effect. But Imperial Russia chose not to develop her technical-industrial infrastructure and was therefore unable to translate her engineering capability into a strong fleet of aircraft.

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