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Arctic Victory: Story of Convoy PQ18 Paperback – 3 Feb 1977

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: New English Library Ltd; New edition edition (3 Feb. 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0450031209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0450031205
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.9 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 570,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The story of one of the major convoy battles of World War II on the Arctic route to North Russia, following the heavy losses sustained by the Allies in two previous convoy battles. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Recommended. Convoy PQ18 of September 1942 from Scotland to Russia was the turning point in the Arctic Convoys. The Germans had decimated the previous convoy PQ17. They were poised to close the Arctic Convoy route, at least for (the summer) half of each year, and drive a wedge between Stalin and the allies. U-Boats, capital ships and the cream of their torpedo bomber units were ready to strike. The British threw all they could spare into an elaborate plan to get the 40 merchant ships of PQ18 to Russia. This included the first use of an escort carrier in the Arctic; secreting fuel tankers in a refuge in the deep Arctic, flying a large contingent of torpedo bombers, photo-recce Spitfires and flying boats across German held Norway to North Russia; ambush submarines and a fighting destroyer escort. The book also covers the simultaneous cross-over convoy QP14 from Russia to Britain, containing the remnants of PQ17 who were not spared further heavy losses.

This is a very good thoroughly researched account combining narrative history, quotations from participants and insightful analysis. The book is excellent in illustrating the 'fog of war' ; how each side sought to second guess the other and shape their own plans accordingly. The book cross references contemporary German and allied records, debunking inflated claims by both sides. It is at its best in describing the massed attack by 43 German torpedo bombers on 13th September which sunk 8 ships in 13 minutes. The author is a prolific military historian and brings a wealth of knowledge about other campaigns. For example there is a useful potted history of the development of torpedo bombing in the Luftwaffe.
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An interesting book to read, especially as aged father travelled on that convoy.
Book is accurate, rather "matter-of-fact", ie doesnt glorify war nor is it triumphalist... well worth reading agan and again!
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My father in law was on the Oregonian as part of the armed guard. We knew he was sunk but not the details as he did not talk about it. I've searched for information for years, but found very little. This book showed how dangerous the the armed guard was. The Oregonian was on the front corner of the German attack and was stuck by 3 torpedo. Over half the crew did not survive. The book states the ship did not stand a chance. A very good book on a little known but important part of WWIi history.
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Received quickly and as advertised.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing New 18 Mar. 2015
By Tony Marquise Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book tells the story of convoy PQ 18, the first convoy after the destruction of PQ 17. My problem with this book is that the viewpoint is British-little of the German side is told. Within this limitation, this book does a good job of the history of this convoy. My real problem with this book is that it contains nothing new- if you want to know about the struggle to send supplies to Russia there are other book that describe all the convoys going to Russia, such as Richard Woodman's work.
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