The Bulgarian Air Force in the Second World War

Alexander Mladenov, Evgeni Andonov, Krassimir Grozev

A concise research on the wartime development and operations of the Bulgarian Air Force. It covers the entire spectrum of air-to-air, air-to-ground and reconnaissance operations undertaken by the Bulgarian air arm between 1941 and 1945 as well as the naval operations in the Black Sea.
Publication date:
November 2018
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Illustration :
250 b/w images, 19 colour profiles, 5 tables
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ISBN : 9781912390649

Dimensions : 297 X 210 mm
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Like many European air arms, the history of the Bulgarian Air Force between 1939 and 1945 was eventful and rather dramatic. A small country, located in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula, the Kingdom of Bulgaria entered into the fourth decade of the century as a still-neutral, but in fact strongly pro-German state. So it was not a surprise when it eventually joined the Axis on 1 March 1941, declaring war on both Britain and the US six months later. In the course of the war the moderate and poorly-equipped air arm of late 1930s steadily matured during the wartime years into a small but capable force, able to mount fierce resistance to the Allied bomber raids against the country's capital Sofia in late 1943 and early 1944. Only a few hours following the 9 September 1944 pro-Allied coup in Sofia, the Bulgarian air arm was immediately rushed into operation against the armed forces of the yesterday's partner - Nazi Germany.

After the end of the war, Bulgaria fell in total dependency on the Soviet Union as a direct result from the 1944 Yalta agreement of 'spheres of influence' division of Europe. The Bulgarian air force was radically reformed in the Soviet style and rapidly re-equipped with huge numbers of front-line aircraft, supplied by the new 'brother in arms'.

This study features a large number of rare and previously unseen photographs accompanied by specially-commissioned colour artwork showing camouflage and markings.


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The Aviation Historian Magazine

With a lot of personal reports of fight missions, excellent photo material and for the model builders, great colour prints of all partaking planes.

This book is a ground-breaking work that takes a first look, as far as the English speaking aviation literature world is concerned, ot one of the more obscure air arms of World War Two. I highly recommend this book and I'm sure when you read it you will agree with me.
Military Enthusiast Book Club

… a fascinating array of aircraft to feast upon.
Classic Wings

This publication is the ideal reference for people interested in the subject matter in that it supports the detailed text with numerous photos, tabulated information and colour profiles
Scale Military Modelling International Magazine

… there is modelling inspiration from the numerous black and white photographs, backed by comprehensive captions.
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