Freeing the Baltic
By (author) Geoffrey Bennett
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Freeing the Baltic by Geoffrey Bennett
Book DescriptionIn 1919 the Baltic was in ferment. The Red Army struggled to take over the nascent Baltic states; Finland was in revolt; German armies rampaged through Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. As White armies marched on revolutionary Petrograd, the new governments of the Baltic states appealed desperately to the Allies for assistance. Into this anarchy sailed a small British flotilla of light cruisers and destroyers. Opposing them were three Russian battleships and a host of lighter vessels. Rear Admiral Sir Walter Cowan was given no clear instructions from the British Admiralty as to what he was expected to achieve, and, as negotiations continued through the armistice, he effectively had to make his own policy. He succeeded to devastating effect. Despite having only a tiny force, he succeeded in improvizing one of most daring raids ever staged by the British navy - an attack which penetrated into the heart of inpregnable Kronstadt and sank two Russian battleships. He outmanoeuvered the Germans and the Whites in a game of cat and mouse, raid and counter raid which left Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania free and which formed the basis of a permanent bond between these three countries and Britain.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781843410010
(216mm x 138mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Birlinn Ltd
Publisher: Birlinn General
Publish Date: 10-May-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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"A book of excitement and interest which ably deals with men, strategy, tactics and ships that vanished for ever..." THE NAVY "An excellent account of two dramatic battles..." ROYAL UNITED INSTITUTION JOURNAL Contains a new preface and addendum by Rodney Bennett, the author's son.
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Author Biography - Geoffrey Bennett
GEOFFREY BENNETT BEGAN his literary career with a series of naval adventure novels written under the pseudonym 'Sea Lion'. Later, under his own name, he wrote several naval histories covering, amongst other topics, Nelson, Admiral Charles Lord Beresford (Charlie B) and Jutland. During the Second World War he saw active service at Salerno (where he was awarded the DSC and went on to command HMS St Bride's Bay). After the war he spent some time as naval attache in Moscow. He died in 1983.
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