The Russian Night Witches of World War II

In the 1930s, with the black clouds of war gathering over the skies of Europe once more, the Soviet Union under Josef Stalin pushed to demonstrate its technical prowess to the rest of the world, particularly in the air, where the Soviets established a number of endurance records for aircraft. To demonstrate how far the Soviet Union had come culturally, a number of these record-breaking efforts included female pilots and aircrew, and none were more famous than Marina Raskova. Often credited as the Soviet Union’s Amelia Earhart, Raskova was the first woman to qualify as a navigator in the Soviet Air Force in 1933 and was part of a record-breaking attempt for female aviators that saw her crew fly over 4,000 miles in a converted DB-2 long range bomber. This earned her celebrity status in the Soviet Union and crucially, influence over Stalin himself. For when war would finally break out between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, Raskova would come to Stalin with a plan for women to join the men in the fight against fascist tyranny. This plan would result in one of the most famous flying units of World War II – the Night Witches.
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0:00 Introduction
1:54 The Great Patriotic War
9:59 Answering the Call of the Motherland
14:16 Baptism of Fire
17:26 The Night Witches
24:51 The End

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Narrated by: Will Earl
Written & Researched by: Tony Wilkins
Edited by: James Wade

History Should Never Be Forgotten…


  1. the communists were worse when compared to the nazis and fascists – lots more people killed, imprisoned, put in gulags. the area of influence of the communists was global and it still is. the repercussions are still being felt, so let's get our history straight so we can proceed forward. of course, the capitalists have brought us into this rapid, polluted, everything-for-money mentality. humans always need a crisis to overcome differences and survive. why? because we are not adjusted, we are not at the right evolutionary stage in our existence, we've skipped some very important steps – thus the state we are in. We are just a virus! Long live the cure!

  2. My grandparents came from Russia. I heard about Marina Raskova many years ago. Although stories about the Night Witches may have been popularized in movies from the Soviet Union, I don't recall seeing any films in English.

  3. The entire world should make a special day out of the year to commemorate these wonderful women of the Soviet Union. It would be great if we had a day to celebrate their courage and eagerness to fighter for their country.

  4. It looks like the Italian struggle in Greece was fatal to the invasion of URSS. One month delay to help Italy there, was what sufficient to cut the german advance in Russia prior to the freezing season.

  5. That is awesome , theses women fought , harder than the men of the time , Not only fighting the enemy ,, but their own people , even after the war , theses brave warriors were set aside ,they were all brave true

  6. Once again, a video about the Russians narrated by someone who does not know Russian and did not bother to get the advice of a Russian. Among the groaners, it's PoliKARpov, not PoLIkarpov.

  7. Hitler a British agent mi6 , Hitler escaped Germany – Eyewitness report
    Aubrey M. Temples 82nd Airborne, German POW two-time Purple Heart &
    Bronze Star w/Valor recipient … "Why was Hitler allowed to escape ,
    because he did his job" ~ Al Bielek

  8. America should not demonise Rusia, they are not as communist like China who want to role the world. They just want to defend their country. Like me when I was young, what the Americans shows is that Rusia was like the devil of this world, but as I grow old, I realised that America are far more evil than Rusia. But China is the worse of them all.

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