Academic journal article Air Power History

Russian Aces of World War I

Academic journal article Air Power History

Russian Aces of World War I

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Russian Aces of World War I. By Victor Kulikov. Oxford UK: Osprey Publishing Ltd, 2013. Photographs. Illustrations. Appendix. Index. Pp. 96. $22.95 Paperback ISBN 978-1-78096-059-3

Victor Kulikov is a well-known aviation writer and historian living in Russia. His considerable efforts as a co-author of the seminal work, The Imperial Russian Air Service: Famous Pilots & Aircraft of World War One (1996), although never fully recognized by the aviation historical community in the West, formed the foundation of this book.

This new concise work, Russian Aces of World War I, provides some very useful details about the thirteen individuals Kulikov chose to focus on. Unfortunately, the publisher has let the reader believe from the title that these select few were the only Russian aces. Of course this is not the case, as there were Russian naval aces, as well as Russian army pilots who fought and scored on other fronts during the war. As with many aces there are always controversies as to the actual kill score. In time, as new historic research in Russia is compiled, additional individuals will undoubtedly join in the pantheon of aces.

In this small compendium Kulikov presents those Russian Army Aviation Service pilots who are considered aces. The book provides the relevant facts, dates, and locations of the aces' actions and their eventual personal outcome if they outlived the war and revolution. …

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