Russo-Turkish Naval War 1877-1878 (Maritime Series) Kindle Edition
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The book covers in detail the naval aspects of the 1877-1878 war between Russia and the Ottoman Empire. "Naval aspects" were actually on a fairly modest, although important, scale in this war. Much of the book focuses on Russian attempts (successful) to gain control of a stretch of the Danube to allow their armies to cross. This was done through mining supported by heavy batteries. Much of the rest of the naval aspects concerned Ottoman support for their armies in the Balkans and the Caucasus region and Russian attempts at harassment by means of small craft including the first successful locomotive torpedo attack. There is also coverage of Russian attempts to have a cruiser force abroad (in the US) in case of British intervention.
The book also skillfully places the war in its proper historical context. Like previous books in this series, the general course of the war on land is followed as well. Indeed, so much so that the word "naval" might have been left out of the title altogether.
The text is well supported by black and white photographs, paintings, engravings, maps, tables, and ship profile line drawings. There is also a 4 page index. Like others in this series the translation is very well done.
Highly recommended. Previously, I knew next to nothing about this war and what I did know was related to British warship purchases if war with Russia became necessary. If you've like the other books in this series covering other late19th century/early 20th century wars you will probably enjoy this one as well.
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