Normandie Niemen

Des pilotes de la France libre sur le front russe

Le 20 juin 1945, le Normandie-Niémen atterrissait triomphalement au Bourget devant plusieurs centaines de milliers de personnes. Tout le monde voulait voir ces pilotes français qui venaient de combattre durant trois ans sur le front russe aux côtés des forces aériennes soviétiques.
Publication date:
December 2015
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ISBN : 9782840484134

Dimensions : 210 X 297 mm
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On the 20th of June, 1945, Normandie-Niemen landed triumphantly at Bourget in front of more than 100,000 people. Everyone wanted to see these French pilots who came from combat during three years on the Russian front at the side of the Russian Air Forces. And fought well, too: 273 confirmed victories and 36 probables in 5240 missions. But at what price! Of the 96 pilots engaged during the spring of 1943 and the spring of 1945, 42 did not return.

Created in Autumn 1942 by General de Gaulle to represent Free France on the Eastern Front, the fighter group Normandie-Niemen was authorized to return to France with their Yak-3 fighters, Soviet-made, which had worked miracles in the face of German fighters whose pilots were exceptionally tenacious and daring.

For the 70th anniversary of the triumphal arrival of Normandie-Niemen, Heimdal Editions present, in partnership with the Memorial Normandie-Nieman installed at the Museum of Air and Space at Bourget, a book relating this epic in vivid fashion, with rich illustrations, around 200 period photos and photos of objects and clothing which belonged to the pilots, as well as letters, plans, and profiles of the aeroplanes.



As well as the story, the context, maps, archive photos and modern day comparisons, there are also some pages with fine photos of various bits of uniform and equipment used by the French group of pilots, colour references which are very useful for modellers especially.
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