Battle of the Baltic Islands 1917: Triumph of the Imperial German Navy

Battle of the Baltic Islands 1917: Triumph of the Imperial German Navy
Военная история, История
Автор: Staff Gary
Язык: английский
Год: 2013
Издатель: Pen & Sword Maritime
ISBN: 978-0425272695
Город: Barnsley
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In late 1917, the Russians, despite the revolution, were still willing to continue the war against Germany. This is an account of Operation Albion, the highly successful sea borne operation launched by the Germans to change their minds. The Baltic Islands were pivotal for the defense of the Finnish Gulf and St. Petersburg, so their capture was essential for any campaign towards the Russian capital. Only after the fall of the islands did Russia begin peace negotiations (freeing nearly half a million German soldiers for the Kaiser’s last gamble on the Western Front). This then was a campaign of great significance for the war on both Eastern and Western fronts.
A large part of the High Sea Fleet took part in the invasion of the Baltic islands, including the most modern dreadnought battleships. The Russians mounted a resolute defense despite being heavily outgunned and over a ten day period there were many naval clashes around the islands as well as the campaign ashore, all of which are described in detail with the use of both Russian and German first hand accounts.
This book shatters the myth that the Imperial German Navy spent the last two years of the war cowering in port.

‘A very detailed operational account of the highly successful German amphibious landings in October of 1917 on the Russian islands of Ösel and Dagö, off what is now Lithuania…. Important reading for anyone interested in amphibious and joint operations.’
The NYMAS Review, Winter 2009

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