Forgotten Sacrifice

The Arctic Convoys of World War II

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Forgotten Sacrifice

The Arctic Convoys of World War II

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In 1941, Germany invaded the Soviet Union in the largest offensive operation ever undertaken. Operation Barbarossa saw defeat after defeat heaped on the Soviet army. With Russia's forces left staggering under the strain and in desperate need of supplies, Britain and the United States launched an ambitious operation to resupply the Soviet Union using convoys sent through the Arctic. Their journey was punctuated by torpedo attacks in freezing conditions, Stuka dive bombers, naval gun fire, and weeks of total darkness in the Arctic winter, with ships disappearing below the waves weighed down by the ice and snow on their decks.
Drawing on hundreds of oral histories from eyewitnesses and veterans of the convoys, plus original research into the Russian Navy archives at Murmansk, historian Michael G. Walling offers a fresh retelling of one of World War II's pivotal yet largely overlooked campaigns.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements /Chapter 1: Briefing /Chapter 2: Skirmishing, August 1941–March 1942 /Chapter 3: Arctic Shooting Gallery, March 1942 /Chapter 4: Fateful Voyages, April–June 1942 /Chapter 5: White Nights, May 1942 /Chapter 6: Apocalypse, June–July 1942 /Chapter 7: Task Forces, July–September 1942 /Chapter 8: An Autumn in Hell, September–December 1942 /Chapter 9: German Götterdämmerung, December 1942–May 1945 /Chapter 10: A Few Final Words /Resources /About the Author /Index

Product details

Published 20 Jan 2016
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 292
ISBN 9781472811103
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 20 b/w
Dimensions 233 x 152 mm
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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