Forgotten History-“Night Witches” 588th Night Bomber Regiment

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In the west we know very little about the Soviet efforts fighting the Nazi’s. We know about the battle of Stalingrad and the battle of Leningrad etc, And we know that Stalin actually killed more people then Hitler but we know very little of the Soviet Armed Forces, leave alone about an all female bombing squad.

In the Nazi-occupied Soviet Union, German soldiers had a very real fear of witches.

Namely, the “Night Witches,” an all-female squadron of bomber pilots who ran thousands of daring bombing raids with little more than wooden planes and the cover of night—and should be as celebrated as their male counterparts.

“Night Witches” is the English translation of Nachthexen, a World War II German nickname for the female military aviators of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, known later as the 46th “Taman” Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment, of the Soviet Air Forces.

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