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Arctic Convoys 1941-1945



By: Richard Woodman(Author)

Language: English

Genre: History

Publisher: Pen & Sword Military (12 Mar. 2007)

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The original title of the book: Arctic Convoys 1941-1945

During the last four years of the Second World War, the Western Allies secured Russian defences against Germany by supplying vital food and arms.The plight of those in Murmansk and Archangel who benefited is now well known, but few are aware of the courage, determination and sacrifice of Allied merchant ships, which withstood unremitting U-boat attacks and aerial bombardment to maintain the lifeline to Russia.In the storms, fog and numbing cold of the Arctic, where the sinking of a 10,000 ton freighter was equal to a land battle in terms of destruction, the losses sustained were huge.Told from the perspective of their crews, this is the inspiring story of the long-suffering merchant ships without which Russia would almost certainly have fallen to Nazi Germany.

Woodman explains how it was done and why, according to him, it was so necessary. (The Good Book Guide) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By Rod on 13 February 2013

    The recent publicity regarding the long overdue Artic Convoy Medal made me decide to purchase this book. My father served on the Russian Convoys (he was an officer on the rescue ship Copeland on Convoy PQ18) and although he told me a little about the conditions I wanted to read a fuller story. I thought the book excellent and gave me the background I wanted.

  • By Wingate on 22 November 2007

    This is a detailed and well researched look at the 2nd World War convoys to the Soviets.It is at its best when describing the attacks made on the convoys particularly the infamous PQ17.However the author,as a former sailor,decides to use seagoing phraseology which is difficult to understand.I think that if he was going to use the phraseology of the sea it would have been useful to include a glossary of terms.So at certain times this book can become hard going.

  • By Capt.. Michael F. Kelly on 21 August 2009

    Very good account of the Arctic convoys with a good insight into both MN and Naval veiwpoints as well as the political pressures. Having read many accounts of individual actions in this theatre from varying points of veiw - this gives a balanced overveiw of the campaign. Well worth reading, certainly appealed to me as a retired seafarer

  • By Allan on 3 January 2014

    If you want to know what it was like from the view point of a Merchant Seaman on convoy during WW2. Then read this book. It gives full detail of what these brave, and neglected, men did in bringing their precious cargos to this country and Russia. Todays youth will never be able to comprehend the scale of their bravery,risks and the high costs in life these merchant Seamen had to endure under terrible conditions. Their bravery does not deserve to be rapidly sailing into the distant past. Though reading this book will bring alive the horrors that was practicaly an every day encounter for these men and their fully laden ships. Yes it is thick book. Then again the stories told can not be condensed into a pointless paragraph or two.

  • By David Lloyd on 3 January 2012

    Recommended. A fine narrative history of the convoys by which Britain and the US supplied Stalin's Russia. This is a naval campaign like no other. It presented the Royal Navy with its most difficult sustained strategic, tactical and logistic challenge of WW2. The convoys traversed over a thousand miles from Iceland or Scotland, skirting the long German held coast of Norway, past remote Bear Island, to the hell holes of Murmansk or Archangelsk in northern Russia. The seas were swept by storms so violent they could rip open the turret of a cruiser; the water so cold it killed after a few minutes immersion; encrusting ice could render weapons inoperable or capsize a ship from topweight; in summer ships were subject to the possibility of air attack for near 24 hours a day; and in winter ships had to keep station in perpetual night. The convoy route ran far from British naval bases and aircover and close under the nose of German U-Boats, battleships and cruisers, and aircraft, based in Norway.The campaign was one of high drama; massed attacks by German torpedo bombers, desperate and celebrated destroyer actions, the savaging of a large convoy (PQ17) deserted by its escorts by order of the Admiralty, and the last battleship action fought by the Royal Navy. The first convoy sailed in August 1941, just 2 months after Hitler invaded Russia, and they continued until 1945. They had a symbolic and political importance as Britain and the US sought to hold Stalin from making a separate peace with Germany. After the allies wrested superiority from the Germans in the Atlantic in 1943 the main weight of the U-Boats moved to the Arctic and targeted escorts with frequent use of accoustic torpedoes.The book strikes a good readable balance; the sequence and cause of events is clear and backed by comprehensive and interesting detail with much of the latter in useful footnotes. The author has drawn on much unpublished memoir material. This is a balanced and scholarly account; notably in the treatment of the events and key sources for the tragic and controversial PQ17 convoy. There is also an excellent chapter on conditions in the Russian ports with a frank discussion of the morale of the allied merchant and warship crews in the primitive and paranoid circumstances of Stalin's Russia. These chapters are worth the price alone. There is also an excellent set of maps. Suitable for the generalist and enthusiast alike.For compelling accounts and memoirs of this intruiging campaign see PQ17 Convoy to Hell - the survivors' Story by Paul Lund and Harry Ludlam; Coxswain in the Northern Convoys, or My Sea Lady.

  • By buyright,. on 8 December 2013

    iv bought, and given this book as a present to a very good friend of mine, who was in the royal navy d.e.m.s. during the second world war,and that he had sailed to Russian, and back as well as well as sailing in the artic in convoys a number of times .too, so this book will take him down memory lane, once again and it will give him some thing to read over the Christmas festivities,This book came polythene wrapped , it was nice and clean, and in good condition, and also delivered before time, by royal mail ,all in all a very good service all round, from the supplier, amazon and royal mail, too,.

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