Battle of the Baltic: the Sea War 1939-1945

Battle of the Baltic: the Sea War 1939-1945 by JACKSON ROBERT


Authors
JACKSON ROBERT
ISBN
9781844154227
Published
Binding
Hardcover
Pages
224
Dimensions
156 x 234mm

During WW2 hostilities in the Baltic Sea commenced on 1 September 1939 when the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein opened fire on the Polish fortress of Westerplatte and ended on 9 May 1945 with the final evacuation of German refugees from the Hela peninsula. In the intervening years battles raged back and forth between the confines of this cold cruel sea. The Soviets attacked the Finnish island of Russarõ on 30 November 1939 with an air and naval bombardment. The Russian naval blockade of Finland began and their submarines attacked merchant vessels in the Gulf of Bothnia and their ships engaged shore batteries and coastal towns. The German fleet then turned on their former allies and attacked the Soviet Union, each side's submarines stalked the others and the Russians encountered disaster in a minefield. Finally the Russians retreated under heavy sea and air attack. The siege of Leningrad began in September 1941 and was not broken until 1943. In 1944 the Russian's reached Riga, leaving pockets of stranded German troops on the Courland Peninsula. Then the Russian navy broke out ? the race for East Prussia was on, sparking the biggest seaborne evacuation in history. SELLING POINTS: Major sea battles between the German and Soviet fleets. Two major Dunkirk-style evacuations. Royal Navy submarines in action. 80 b/w photographs
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