Battle for the Baltic Islands 1917: Triumph of the Imperial German Navy by Gary Staff

Battle for the Baltic Islands 1917: Triumph of the Imperial German Navy by Gary Staff soon to be presented for sale on the fantastic BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: Barnsley: Pen & Sword Maritime, 2008, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Appendices [5]; Black & White Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: In 1917, despite the revolution, the Russians were still willing to continue the war against Germany. This book reveals Operation Albion, the German seaborne operation that changed their minds. The Baltic Islands were pivotal for the defence of the Finnish Gulf and the Russian capital, St. Petersburg. This campaign therefore had great importance for the war in the East, and it was only soon after the fall of the Baltic Islands that the Russians began peace negotiations (freeing hundreds of thousands of German soldiers for the Kaisers last gamble on the Western Front).

A large part of the German High Seas Fleet took part in the invasion of the Baltic islands, including the most modern battleships. The Russians mounted a resolute defence under the command of Vice Admiral Bakhirev, and in the Battle of Moon Sound the pre-dreadnoughts Slava and Graschdanin joined battle with the new dreadnoughts Konig and Kronprinz, even though the Russians were heavily outgunned. Over a ten-day period there were many naval clashes around the islands as well as the campaign ashore, all of which are described in detail with the use of both Russian and German first-hand accounts, as well as previously-unpublished photographs.

Gary Staffs ground-breaking study of arguably the most successful combined operation (by any side) of the Great War, scuttles the myth that the Imperial German Navys surface fleet achieved little after the Battle of Jutland.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XII] 178 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I persuade you to have a look at more books hither or maybe further, hand picked, books in my Military Naval catalogue?

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