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by Mikhail Maslov
Illustrator Mark Postlethwaite
Osprey Publishing 2010
Photos, color profiles, index
Cover Price: $22.95
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|Osprey Aircraft of the Aces 95
Polikarpov I-15, I-16 and I-153 Aces
The I-15, I-16 and I-153 fighters were the world's first mass-produced fighters with 17,000 built when production ceased in 1941. I-15s flew during the Spainish Civil War flying for the Republicans side during 1936-1939. Next, in China during the Second Sino-Japanese War. during 1937-38. The against the Japanese in Mongolia during the Nomonhan Incident during the summer of 1939. Also saw action against the Finns during the Winter War in 1939-40 and the German invasion of the Soviet Union.
Chpater 3 details the role of I-15, I-16 and I-153s in Mongolia during the Battle of Khalkhin Gol / Nomonhan Incident, profiling ace pilots and key combats during the conflict against the Japanese during May-September, 1939.
Review by Justin Taylan
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