- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Pen and Sword; Illustrated edition (January 19, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844151387
- ISBN-13: 978-1844151387
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,402,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For those interested in submarine operations and the challenges of life on board during war, this is an excellent book.
Having been a submariner myself, and having read numerous submarine books of different nations navies, the makeup of the crews and their personalities and character seem so similar. This was a good read
The book gives a vivid description of life about a Russian submarine and its many hazards, not all of them caused by the enemy. Sailing in such an unforgiving area as the Baltic Sea presented many problems for Russian subs, and at times it seemed as if the author experienced them all. The book also provides a glimpse into life in Leningrad during the early parts of the Nazi siege as that's where the author was stationed. One of the more interesting aspects of the book is the role of the Communist Party political officers on the subs. They act as a second captain in some ways and at times I felt as if they're more in charge of the boat than the actual captain.
The book could have used some maps to give the reader a better understanding of where the author went on his patrols, so bone up on your Russian and Finnish geography. Overall, a good read about an area of World War II which has received very little ink.