Barents Sea 1942

Barents Sea 1942

The Battle for Russia’s Arctic Lifeline

Campaign 376
  • Author: Angus Konstam
  • Illustrator: Adam Tooby
  • Short code: CAM 376
  • Publication Date: 26 May 2022
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A gripping examination of the Battle of the Barents Sea, fought in the near darkness and icy cold of the northern winter, in which the Kriegsmarine sought to sever the crucial Allied Arctic Convoy route once and for all.

The Arctic convoys that passed through the cold, dangerous waters of the Barents Sea formed a vital lifeline - a strategic link in tanks, supplies and above all goodwill between the Western Allies and the Soviet Union. In December 1942, under Operation Regenbogen (Rainbow), the German Kriegsmarine sought to strike a crippling blow on the Arctic convoys and finally sever this all-important sea route. In this fascinating work, renowned naval expert Angus Konstam documents the fate of the Allied Convoy JW 51B as it came under attack from some of the Kriegsmarine's most powerful surface warships - a pocket battleship, a heavy cruiser and six destroyers. Illustrated with stunning battlescene artworks, maps, 3D diagrams and photographs, it explores the David and Goliath struggle between the Allied ships defending the convoy and the powerful German force, until the arrival of the two British cruisers tipped the balance of power. The Battle of the Barents Sea, fought amid snowstorms and the darkness of the Arctic night, would prove to be a turning point in the hard-fought war in northern waters, and would test Hitler's patience with his surface fleet to the limit.

Biographical Note

Angus Konstam hails from the Orkney Islands, and is the author of over 100 history books, 60 of which are published by Osprey. This acclaimed author has written widely on naval history, from Sovereigns of the Seas and Piracy: The Complete History to his most recent bestseller, Jutland 1916: Twelve Hours to Win the War.

Contents

INTRODUCTION
Origins of the campaign
CHRONOLOGY
OPPOSING COMMANDERS
The Kriegsmarine
The Royal Navy
OPPOSING FORCES
The Kriegsmarine
The Royal Navy
Orders of battle
OPPOSING PLANS
The Kriegsmarine
The Royal Navy
THE BATTLE OF THE BARENTS SEA
JW-51A heads north
The forces converge
The northern pincer closes
Captain Sherbrooke's fight
Kummetz springs his trap
Burnett's attack
AFTERMATH
REMEMBERING THE BATTLE
FURTHER READING
INDEX


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