The Arctic Convoys of World War II
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In 1941, Winston Churchill made the decision to supply Soviet forces battling the German invasion. From this point on, an unremitting battle raged within the confines of the always-lethal, ever-shifting Arctic ice pack and the savage Scandinavian coastline. With Forgotten Sacrifice, Michael G. Walling has written a gripping account of the Arctic convoys that made the “Murmansk Run.”
The story begins in 1939, taking us from the German-Soviet nonaggression pact to the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941 to the launching of the convoys to Murmansk (the only western Russian port to remain free of ice all year). From 1941 to 1945, nearly 4.5 million tons of supplies were moved in 77 convoys—but by the end of the war, 98 ships had been lost.
Transporting us to a world of ice-laden ships and bitter struggle, Walling captures the dangers of the Murmansk Run, from man-made threats—U-boats, aircraft, and surface ships—to the Arctic’s merciless weapons of ice and cold. There were many ways to die on the Run, and even among those who survived, no one escaped unscathed.
Forgotten Sacrifice is a timeless tale of determination, heroism, sacrifice, and the strength of the human spirit.
Hardcover Book : 292 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Ltd. ( August 20, 2012 )
Item #: 13-635000
Product Dimensions: 6.0 x 9.25 inches
Product Weight: 20.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)