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Operation Frantic: America and Russia’s joint plan to battle the Nazis

They had high hopes, but at best Frantic was a strategic sideshow, at worst a waste of time

By Duncan Weldon   December 2019
Russian pilots and ground crew stand in front of a YAK-4 bomber at Poltava, Russia (US Air Force photo)

Russian pilots and ground crew stand in front of a YAK-4 bomber at Poltava, Russia (US Air Force photo)

There are many books that claim to tell an “unknown” story of the Second World War. Few of them actually do. Serhii Plokhy’s Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Frontis a rare exception. Many of Plokhy’s sources consist of Smersh (the Soviet anti-espionage agency) documents released after the 2013-4 Ukrainian revolution.

Plokhy,…

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