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Night Witches by GENZOMAN Night Witches by GENZOMAN
Hi there guys! Did you know there is an anime called Strike Witches? its about girls and...somewhat of aviation force, well, the anime name makes reference to a very known group of female aviators on world war II... wanna know more?
Hope you like it :)

Bamboo/PSCS/8 hours/music: Keane - Atlantic
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Let´s Wikiattack!
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"Night Witches" is the English translation of Nachthexen, a World War II German nickname (Russian Ночные ведьмы), 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. The regiment was formed by Colonel Marina Raskova and led by Major Yevdokia Bershanskaya.

The regiment flew harassment bombing and precision bombing missions against the German military from 1942 to the end of the war. At its largest size, it had 40 two-person crews. It flew over 23,000 sorties and is said to have dropped 3,000 tons of bombs. It was the most highly-decorated female unit in the Soviet Air Force, each pilot having flown over 1,000 missions by the end of the war and twenty-three having been awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union title. Thirty of its members died in combat.

The regiment flew in wood and canvas Polikarpov Po-2 biplanes, a 1928 design intended for use as training aircraft and for crop-dusting. The planes could carry only two bombs at a time, so multiple missions in a night were necessary. Although the aircraft were obsolete and slow, the pilots made daring use of their exceptional maneuverability; they had the advantage of having a maximum speed that was lower than the stall speed of both the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and the Focke-Wulf Fw 190, as a result, the German pilots found them very difficult to shoot down. A stealth technique of the night bombers was to idle the engine near the target and glide to the bomb release point, with only wind noise to reveal their location.

From June 1942, the 588th Night Bomber Regiment was within the 4th Air Army. In February 1943 the regiment was honored with a reorganization into the 46th Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment and in October 1943 it became the 46th "Taman" Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment.The word Taman referred to the unit's involvement in two celebrated Soviet victories on the Taman Peninsula, during 1943.
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:iconshe-wolfofthenorth:
She-WolfOfTheNorth Featured By Owner Edited Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is really amazing. :D 
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:iconsnespguy:
SNESpguy Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
Swedish metal band Sabaton made a kickass song about this very true piece of history:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-16NwC…
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trentrezzznorz Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
Всегда Помним. Всегда Любим. Всегда Почитаем.
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FreshThundergod Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
From the depths of Hell and silence 
Cast their spells, explosive violence
Russian night time flight perfected
flawless vision, Undetected

UNEXPECTED, UNDETECTED,
WINGS OF GLORY, TELL A STORY
AVIATION
DEVIATION
UNDETECTED 
STEALTH PERFECTED
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svesamikreteni Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was just expecting this comment. You sir, didn't fail me!
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:iconfreshthundergod:
FreshThundergod Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha nice :D Sabaton forever \m/ I#m going to see them in Germany on 9th January :)
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:iconjadontheman:
jadontheman Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
Sabaton! \m/
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:iconwolffang719:
wolffang719 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Psst; got a song bout' dem:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-16NwC…

Sabaton; history made metal.
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yarizui Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
wait wtf is this american folklore? all those conspiracy theories.. now people believe in night witch mercenaries with the monies... <.<
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LunarKnight316 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Your comment made no sense whatsoever.
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yarizui Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
haha... ya... my mind is... elaborate x.x
i meant like.. they got the "monies" (money/ mad stack cash stash) cause they have that giant plane. and they look rich. also like.. idk they looked like (the way you drew it) like at night and all, as if it were one of those american conspiracy theories just like illuminati and ozarks and free masons stuff.. umm idk... forget it lol you are an amazing artist lol
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DraconaAxis Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
I didn't know
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Kaelthas-Wolfheart Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome!!!!! great story by the way
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dttb6296 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
I couldn't agree for more. They are hot and good at flying, but there's just 1 problem, I'm afraid of high, seriously I do.
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D3V7 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
awesome
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tomytieneblas74 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hot !
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cryruswindlass Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
you should make and anime out of this :D
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cryruswindlass Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
fours sexy ladies in front of my Favorite plane of all time best work i have ever seen
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:iconatkinson:
atkinson Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
By the way, the best female fighter pilot ever:
[link]
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atkinson Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Well... This is not a Po-2, but is an great pic!
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ArtistOtaku91 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Love the art!!!!!!!!!
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22887 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Great pic.
If you are intrested in Nachthexen you should read this comic:
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:iconwanderersage:
WandererSage Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
отличная работа
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GokuMartin Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Are you calling Soviet pilots mytholgical beings?
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:iconburningresurrection:
BurningResurrection Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
no, just legendary
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:icongokumartin:
GokuMartin Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Let me quote "The Simpsons" here:

"Good response. Put it in the mail and send me to me eight months ago, back when I cared."
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:iconburningresurrection:
BurningResurrection Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
better late than never
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glo6us Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
Отличная работа!
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ShySnowBunny Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
oh yeah! i loved strike witches! <3 great show! and cool pic btw!
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LITTLEWOLF558 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student Artist
not all night wichs look like thate
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emerald-kp Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
very interesting! i love it
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blahblahblah04 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
It looks great but the girl up front with the long black hair looks a little "off" to me. It seems like her body proportions are off (no it's not a "she needs bigger boobs" remark). maybe it's just my mind playing tricks on me but I thought i would mention it.
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Morgrimme Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
it's the head, it is a tad bit small for the body
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blahblahblah04 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
Hi, I'm sorry I didn't mean to put "torment" I was looking for "torn".
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aleks26 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
Gonzalo hey ​​I admire him seriously, I love your work, God bless his hands and his talented man. Alexis.
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GENZOMAN Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
thanks a lot aleks :)
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Darkmesna Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
Female Aviators!? I only heard about Women in the frontlines in Russia, I didn't now this at all. I often hear alot about the women who became snipers, most notably, Lyudmila Pavlichenko
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Hank88 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Never heard about Lydia Litvyak? One of the most famous female pilots of the whole WWII and in the history of military air combat. :3c
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Darkmesna Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
No I have not, I did hear of Erich Hartman, the Aryan Knight of the sky, the black devil, WWII's ace.
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Hank88 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just Wiki Lydia Litvyak ^^
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tagakain Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
Nice work and nice historical background
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thanatos870317 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
genial como siempre,me gusta mucho tu galeria por que cada uno de tus dibujos tiene una historia que contar
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Combatkaiser Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
better than the propeller leg girls that's for sure
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HunBalam Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Student
Hay una banda de Death Metal que se llama Hail of Bullets. Tienen una canción que se llama Nachtexen, que trata precisamente sobre estas pilotas, incluso creo que hay una película rusa.
Solo que el tipo de avión que usaban eran biplanos y no precisamente bombarderos bimotores...
Pero como siempre geniales las ilustracioens
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PUP-Phone Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
Awesome work mate.
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TerrorOFDeath08 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Cool
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Sakraida82 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
I gather the plane is a later model. Neat pic.
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bPAVLICA Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I hope you know that is not how clothes work?
And that like, you know... some women have different body than others?

You are a quite good artist, but I think you need to experiment more with your art.
Your pictures slowly get boring, because 90% of them only represents a very idolized chick or two.

I'm sad to say that the only thing I like about your works is how you color them, everything else is painfully generic.
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Aydinx2 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
ive actually seen the show.
but the only reason ppl really watch it is because of the fact that none of the girls ever wear pants.
if they did nobody would watch it anyway.
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Mangadude15 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:noes: Thats not true I watch it for these reasons: 60% awsome 20% panties and 20% BOOBIES! As you can see MOST of it is because the show is cool, BUT yes I like it a little for... well...boobies
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