The Fleet in the First World War Volume 1: Operations of the Russian Fleet by Edited by N. B. Pavlovich soon to be presented for sale on the exceptional BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: New Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta & New York: Amerind Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd., 1979, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Publishing date unstated, dated from references. Translation of Flot v Pervoi Mirovoi Voine published by Voennoe Izdatelstvo, Ministry of Defence, USSR, Moscow, 1964. Illustrated by way of: Maps; Tables; Fold-Out Maps; Plans;
From the cover: Among the many works on the First World War there has been no comprehensive account of the Russian navys part in that epic clash of the great powers. This gap is now filled by the present volume, which takes its place as the authoritative record of the Russian fleets day-by-day contribution to the war at sea from 1914 through 1917, when the revolutionary Bolshevik government took Russia out of what it saw as a purely imperialistic confrontation.
The story of the tortuously slow growth of the tsarist navy is told against the background of war preparations by Germany, France and England. We learn that through the vision and persistence of a few leaders Russias posture both on land, at sea and in the air at the outbreak of the war could inspire a measure of confidence.
The deeds of the Russian navy are recounted on the basis of the three theatres where it operated: the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea and the White Sea and adjoining coastal waters. The sections under these three heads give a year-by-year account of the fighting at sea against the background of the general progress of hostilities, particularly on the land front. The account concludes with the overthrow of the Tsar, the brief transition of Bolshevik rule, and the upheaval these developments produced in the Russian navy, which played a not inconsiderable part in hastening the process.
Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper which is a little dulled at the panels and faded at the spine. Boards and spine dulled. Text complete, clean and tight.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XII] 560 pages. 9½” x 6¼”.