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Re: revising air war kill tallies
cookie & joe b.-
i wish i could read this soviet stuff myself, but
alas, i only know one word in russian: tovarich. so
that is why i am passing diego zampini's opinions
along for comment. here's diego's take on the flaws in
"The main criticism to Seidov's work is that he mostly
collected the testimonies of veterans (I guess in many
cases with their pilot's log)instead of working with
the official records of 64th IAK. Certainly it is a
fault of his work, but it did not make it less
"Seidov also treats as confirmed kills what would
actually be considered only claims (and there are
plenty of them, considering that only 25-33% of the
1,106 Soviet claims are confirmed or have a good
chance to be actual kills). But after all, during 40
years, the US books have made the same mistake, and
nobody criticized them. Why should be so hard with Mr.
Seidov and ignore all the good things he has done?
Good luck with Cookie and all the other members of
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