- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Pen and Sword Maritime; 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
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,808,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Red Star, Under the Baltic: A Soviet Submariner's Personal Account, 1941-1945 Hardcover – Illustrated, January 19, 2005
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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
Greatly feared by the Germans, I found it fascinating to learn how they employed extensive counter-measures to ensure the entire Soviet Fleet was kept bottled up. In this way German U-Boats were then able to strike at allied and even neutral shipping with impunity. Then we learn how, in 1943, all that began to change as the Allies learned how to strike back at their, hitherto unseen, enemy.
For those with an interest in the war at sea, it is very easy to become so preoccupied with U-Boats and the North Atlantic campaign that the struggles undergone by our Soviet Allies (as they were at that time) are completely overlooked. The involvement of Finnish Forces on the side of Germany (Finland eventually withdrew from the War in 1944) was an additional threat of which I previously knew very little.
Altogether a fascinating, well written and worthwhile book which, for me at least, has opened up a whole new area of interest in the war at sea during 1939-1945.