Forgotten Sacrifice

Forgotten Sacrifice

The Arctic Convoys of World War II

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  • Author: Michael G. Walling
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 20 Oct 2012
  • Number of Pages: 292
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The story begins in October 1939, when Germany and the Soviet Union began diplomatic maneuvering. The action accelerates with Winston Churchill's decision in 1941 to provide supplies to Soviet forces battling the German invasion and for five long years, thousands of men and women fought ferociously in the coldest corner of hell on earth. Some fought for survival, some struggled to help others survive, and some sought to crush their enemies. The Arctic Convoys were war without mercy. If man-made death didn't get you, the Arctic's weapons of ice and cold would. These natural weapons killed regardless of whose side you were on or how just your cause. No one escaped unscathed. Author Mike Walling captures the convoy's bitter essence and reveals a timeless tale of determination, heroism, sacrifice, and the strength of the human spirit.

Biographical Note

Michael G. Walling is author of several books, including Bloodstained Sea, the 2005 Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature. An internationally recognized World War II expert, Walling is a contributing author to the US Naval Institute's Naval History Magazine and has appeared on The History Channel and PBS as an aviation and naval expert. After graduating from Montclair State College with a BA in Biology, Walling served in the US Coast Guard for six years as a commissioned officer and a senior petty officer. He has spent more than 45 years collecting stories from veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq as well as those of pilots, merchant seaman, and civilian personnel with NATO and EUFOR in the Balkans. His research has included visits to London; Sarajevo; Baska Voda, Croatia; Halifax, Nova Scotia; St. John's, Newfoundland; and New Orleans.



1. Backdrop: September 1939 - July 1941

2. Skirmishing: August 1941- December 1941

3. Into the Valley of Death: January - June 1942

4. Fateful Voyages: July 1942 - February 1943

5. Hiatus: March - October 1943

6. Another Winter in Hell: November 1943 - April 1944

7. Spring Break: May 1944 - July 1944

8. Turning Point: August - December 1944

9. Whispers of Victory: January - June 1945


A. Convoy Summary
B. Ships, Aircraft, Weapons
C. Biographic Sketches of Key Leaders

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