Rote Plätze (literally Red Squares, but meaning airfields = Flugplätze) the first really comprehensive publication on Soviet / Russian
military airfields in Germany not only covers deployment of air force units and aircraft but also provides a deep insight into development, design and
funktion of infrastructure elements (manoeuvering areas, buildings and shelters).
A particular virtue is authors' systematic approach to this range of topics: Starting with Soviet occupied airfields in former German Eastern provinces
the airfield descriptions are divided in regions. The chapters on properties in Soviet zone of occupation, GDR (East Germany) and (reunited) Germany
are introduced by a systemising description of infrastructure elements making understanding the following chapters easier. The consistent structure of all
airfield descriptions consisting of location, runway, history, infrastructure, use (based units / aircraft types) and
further development and the completeness of the details attached to these aspects with facts illustrates the sheer amount of material collected by
The high standards - especially compared to hobby historians and historiography in mass media - claimed by the authors in their foreword are met by the book
to the full extent.