- Gebundene Ausgabe: 288 Seiten
- Verlag: The History Press Ltd (1. Januar 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1862274509
- ISBN-13: 978-1862274501
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,5 x 1,8 x 24,1 cm
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Raising the Red Banner: The Pictorial History of Stalin's Fleet 1920-1945: A Pictorial History of Stalin's Fleet 1920-1945 (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 1. Januar 2008
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"A valuable work for anyone interested in navies or the Second World War at sea." The NYMASReview"
"Remarkably good illustrations. . .a valuable work for anyone interested in navies of the Second World War at sea." StrategyPage"
This is the extraordinary story of the foundation of what would become the major threat to the West during the Cold War - built by the Bolsheviks from nothing. There are more than 200 photographs, most unpublished. It includes all classes of battleships, cruisers, destroyers, submarines and other surface vessels, with full specifications including builders, tonnage, speed, and armament. There is no other book available for the naval enthusiast on this subject, because the information was buried - despite the fact that, for example, the Soviet Union had more submarines than the Germans and the Americans put together at the start of World War II.This is a truly unique volume on a neglected area of military history. At the revolution, the Tsar's navy, such as it was, was obsolete and scattered, much of it never to return home. From a standing start a huge fleet was built by the Bolsheviks, who were obliged to deal with the West: engines from Italy, warship plans and gun turrets from Germany (in exchange for 3.5 million tons of food and materiel as late as February 1940).Stalin himself took a deadly, keen interest, insisting for example that at the last moment the boilers on a new Soviet destroyer class were repositioned. It was done! The pictorial content alone of "Raising the Red Banner" is of immense interest to naval enthusiasts and students of WWII. Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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The accompanying text is..well, not bad. At times it can be a bit choppy and abrupt, and some concepts and declarations about certain ships are not fully developed and explained. My chief complaint, however, is that the specifications of the ships are relegated to a very small font "footnote" to the larger table of the ship names/production date and locations. These tables also don't list the fate of the various ships in the class..you have to hunt that data point down in the text and it's not always there. Perhaps this somewhat condensed treatment of techincal and historical details is a function of the rather small format of the book mentioned by a previous reviewer.
Taken as a whole, however, this book is a very worthwhile purchase if you are interested in the early years of the Soviet navy!
I would recommend this book for any one that has a interest in World War Naval History or on the Soviet Navy in World War II and of course anyone that is a modeler of Naval ships of this time period as the information is excellent and most of all a great value for the price of this book.
Bob Hanes @ R&D Militaria
Since the creation of the first Russian navy by Peter the Great, all successive Russian and Soviet naval forces were different from any other, essentially because of exceptionnal geographic features of Russia. It dictated the need for no less than FIVE separate fleets:
- Baltic Sea Fleet
- Black Sea Fleet
- Arctic Fleet
- Far East Fleet
- Caspian Sea Fleet (sometimes also considered as a brown water flotilla)
In addition to those blue water fleets, Moscow also maintained numerous brown water flotillas - and because of the sheer size of great Eurasian rivers and lakes, some of those forces were not only numerous, but also included pretty large ships. The most important Soviet brown water forces between 1920 and 1945 were:
- Amur Flotilla
- Dniepr Flotilla
- Don Flotilla
- Volga Flotilla
- Ladoga Lake Flotilla
- Onega Lake Flotilla
Also, during the years 1920-45 Soviet Navy assembled ships from a great variety of origins:
- ships inherited from former Russian Imperial Navy (some of them unfinished - and some wrecked)
- ships build by Soviet shipyards between 1920-45 (frequently with Italian assistance)
- foreign ships sunk during Civil War and later salvaged (the most important of those was British submarine HMS "L55")
- ships build abroad (essentially German heavy cruiser "Lutzow" purchased in 1940)
- ships captured as war booty after agression against Baltic countries
- ships obtained from United Kingdom and Unites States as military assistance during war (including one battleship and one light cruiser)
- ships obtained from Romania after this country switched sides in 1944 (destroyers and submarines)
- civilian ships mobilised and armed during World War II
- ships obtained as war compensations after 1945 from Japan, Germany, Italy and Finland
Combined with Soviet reluctance to dispose of even the most ancients ships, all of this gave an absolutely unique naval force, in which during World War II the most modern and most succesful units, like the beautiful destroyer "Tashkent" and powerful K-class cruiser-submarines served along the venerable ancestors like gunboat "Krasnoe Znamya" or mine-layer (ex-imperial yacht) "Marti", which entered service respectively in 1895 and 1896...
Many extravagant modifications and conversions are also mentioned in this book, including an unfinished light cruiser re-build as a tanker and also the picture of hulk of ancient pre-dreadnought German battleship "Hessen", which Soviets towed all the way to Kronshtadt in 1945 - just in case...
I found the pictures of coastal and fluvial units particularly interesting, as well as those of mine-layers and various gunboats - those are indeed topics which were very neglected until this book appeared.
This book offers a great number of pictures of ships from those times, most of which I never saw before. The analysis and comment of pictures are not bad, but, for want of space, unavoidably superficial. Do NOT expect here a REAL history of Soviet Navy between 1920 and 1945 - this is a PICTORIAL history book. But still it contains enough data to give a starting point for MONTHS of ulterior internet research.
CONCLUSION: for all amateurs of naval history this is a precious book; for all amateurs of Soviet Navy history, this book is a TREASURE! Enjoy!
'While books on the Red Army from its formation through the end of the Great Patriotic War are numerous, those on the Soviet Navy are quite rare, which makes Raising the Red Banner a very welcome work indeed. Yakubov is a Soviet-born U.S. Navy veteran and Worth a noted naval historian, author of Fleets Of World War II, have together a guide to the ships of the Russian Navy from the Revolution through 1945. For each major type of warship battleships, cruisers, destroyers, & submarines) individual classes and vessels are discussed in some detail about origins, design, performance, and service, with an emphasis on the 1941-1945 war. The coverage includes vessels never built, and there are shorter discussions of smaller warships, major auxiliaries, vessels acquired from other countries, and ordnance. Most of the remarkably good illustrations have never been published before. A valuable work for anyone interested in navies or the Second World War at sea.'
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