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5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten history; a good overview, easily read
I bought this because my father had been on the arctic convoys. It is an interesting and readable review, which does not sensationalise. It accurately reviews the bigger picture as well as insight into the day to day conditions. The arctic convoys were hellish and have been unrecognised and forgotten, largely because the Atlantic convoys benefitted the UK and the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A terrifying history
It's a shame I couldn't like this book more. The story is a truly humbling combination of courage, terror and suffering, but there is something lacking in the telling. The first person stories are often poignant, but there are too many lists of ships and not enough analysis if the strategy and effects of the convoys. A good introduction to this forgotten part of WW2, but...
Published 18 months ago by M. MAY


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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten history; a good overview, easily read, 31 Dec 2012
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I bought this because my father had been on the arctic convoys. It is an interesting and readable review, which does not sensationalise. It accurately reviews the bigger picture as well as insight into the day to day conditions. The arctic convoys were hellish and have been unrecognised and forgotten, largely because the Atlantic convoys benefitted the UK and the importance of materiel support for russia (Russia could have lost the war and whose losses were colossal compared to the other allies) underestimated or ignored. Worth reading for a historic perspective alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The UK's bloody sacrifice for Russia, 14 Feb 2013
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At the worst stages in 1942, there was a 50 per cent failure rate on the Arctic convoys through which the UK and US helped Russia feed and arm itself as it fought back against the Nazis. But, while the heroism of the Battle of Britain pilots is known, far fewer people are aware of the sacrifice made in the seas between the UK, Iceland, Norway and Archangel on the north Russian coast. This book brings together dozens of survivor accounts and navy and political records, combining the human tales and war strategy in a way that makes the era come to life again. One interesting part of the bigger story comes here, showing how the US was pretty much involved in the war - by controlling Iceland and taking part in aggressive acts towards German vessels - before it officially declared war at the time of Pearl Harbour. Churchill, Roosevelt and Hitler all paid very close attention to the Arctic convoys, knowing that this front would be crucial to the overall outcome. Russia had been expected to surrender to Germany within a month but the convoys to Murmansk and Archangel proved pivotal in keeping the Nazis over-extended on the Russian front. Horrendous suffering is described on these pages - with sailors drifting and starving on rafts, navy captains agonising over the expected death toll of their missions and most people suffering considerable pain in temperatures at minus 30 - but it is a great read that makes you feel better for the sacrifices made on all sides. There are tales of German bravery and loss as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Only Forgotten By the British Government, 25 April 2013
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My father served on one of the ships mentioned in this book (S.S. Rathlin), and would never speak about his experiences. Reading this vivid and harrowing account of what they went through to take supplies to Russia, I find myself so proud of my father and all the others who served. Shame on the British Government that it has taken them 68 years to recognise and reward them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A terrifying history, 30 Jun 2013
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It's a shame I couldn't like this book more. The story is a truly humbling combination of courage, terror and suffering, but there is something lacking in the telling. The first person stories are often poignant, but there are too many lists of ships and not enough analysis if the strategy and effects of the convoys. A good introduction to this forgotten part of WW2, but it could have been better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten heros., 22 Jan 2013
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A fitting tribute to the brave men who were part of The Artic Convoys.A family member served with the convoy and has related tales about the harsh conditions.
'We will remember them'
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4.0 out of 5 stars A top read, 26 Aug 2013
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The first hand accounts bring home this tragic element of www. Total respect to those involved.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to the subject, 28 Mar 2013
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The recent award of the Arctic Star medal made me take an interest in this subject. This book provides a good introduction to the subject and clearly conveys the difficulties the convoys to north Russia faced and the sacrifices they made. The period 1941 to 1943 is well coverred but the last two years of the war are rushed through in last chapter or two. Well worth the 99p I paid on a daily deal.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book, 29 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Forgotten Sacrifice: The Arctic Convoys of World War II (General Military) (Hardcover)
I bought this book for a friend who is a retired navel man and he says he has enjoyed every minute of reading it. It is about time the men who worked on these arctic convoys were recognised for their unstinting bravery and fortitude
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4.0 out of 5 stars Too long forgotten heroes, 24 July 2013
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The story of the attic convoys is a story of the allies coming together to win the war. We tend to think of the convoys as being a british effort but this book shows how it was the combined efforts of all the allies, some of whom had been enemies just years before, in defeating the greater evil.
Details are given of loses on all the convoys ,including the famous, or infamous, PQ17.
The stories and accounts of survivors are perhaps the best parts with the irritating spelling and type errors being the worst part, for example; He 111s are referred to as He i11s and u boats being called 'll-235 instead of U-235.
That aside I would recommend this for people wishing to find out more about the artic convoys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Sacrifice, 22 Jun 2013
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M. Taylor "Jayeftee" (UK) - See all my reviews
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Brilliant book, well worth the read, yes it is a diary of events but it is what happened, men and women went through it. and this must never be forgotten.
How anyone can give it a one star beats me, but then look at previous feedbacks.

Well done author very good book.

JFT
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