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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 :)

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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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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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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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:iconyarizui:
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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