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An historic account of a little known submarine war.,
This review is from: Red Star Under the Baltic: A Firsthand Account of Life on Board a Soviet Submarine in World War 2 (Hardcover)Although this book was first published in Russia some 40 years ago, this the first English translation. Written by a distinguished former Soviet submariner, it is a moving, vivid and first-hand account of life in the submarine service of the USSR during the bleak years of WW2. The author died in 1993.
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.
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