Pe-2 Guards Units of World War 2


Authors: Dmitriy Khazanov, Aleksander Medved

Illustrator: Andrey Yurgenson

This 96 page paperback book is the 96th book in the Combat Aircraft series of books available from Osprey Publishing.

Petlyakov’s Pe-2 was the most numerous Soviet twin-engined bomber of World War 2, the aircraft being used as a dive-bomber, ground attack platform and dedicated reconnaissance type. The first examples entered service in August 1940, and by the time production came to end in late 1945, no fewer than 10,547 examples had been built. These equipped more than 80 bomber air regiments, and of the latter, two were accorded Guards Air Corps status, as were six air regiments. Amongst the former was the 2nd Guards Bomber Air Corps, which was commanded by the legendary General Polbin, who was twice made a Hero of the Soviet Union. Pe-2 bomber and reconnaissance versions (the latter in service with four Guards reconnaissance air regiments of the Air Force and one regiment of Naval Aviation) were extensively used from the frozen Arctic north to the balmy Crimea front. A number of Pe-2 also saw brief combat against Japan in the final weeks of World War 2.

The contents of this book are;

  • Development
  • Guards Bomber Air Regiments
  • Guards Bomber Air Divisions
  • Guards Bomber Air Corps
  • Guards Reconnaissance Air Regiments
  • Guards Bomber Air Regiments of Naval Forces
  • Appendices

This book would be especially useful for the airplane modeler or diorama builder looking for a different type of World War 2 project. The numerous black and white photographs and color plates makes this a unique reference book on a unique subject.

This book is available from Osprey Publications

MSRP £13.99/ US $22.95/ CAN $23.95