Expendable Glory: A Russian Battleship in the Baltic 1915-1917

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This is the dramatic story of how a single obsolescent Russian battleship named Slava, or "Glory," managed for more than two years during World War I to stave off the might of the German navy. Anchored in the Gulf of Riga and supported by a collection of gunboats and old destroyers from Russia's Baltic Fleet, this old battleship was considered expendable. In 1915 it lived up to its name by playing a vital, yet underappreciated role in the outcome of the war, preventing the German advance against Petrograd, the capital of Imperial Russia and a major industrial center.

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[Nekrasov] has a good story to tell and he tells it well, relating many anecdotes and details that are unfamiliar to western readers.

— Stephen McLaughlin

Warship - Stephen McLaughlin
[Nekrasov] has a good story to tell and he tells it well, relating many anecdotes and details that are unfamiliar to western readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880335348
  • Publisher: East European Monographs
  • Publication date: 5/5/2004
  • Series: East European Monographs
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

George M. Nekrasov is a commander of the Royal Australian Navy (Ret.).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The ship 3
Ch. 2 The midshipmen's training squadron 9
Ch. 3 The Baltic Sea - an old battleground 19
Ch. 4 Service in the Baltic 27
Ch. 5 The war begins 33
Ch. 6 Gulf of Riga - first phase 57
Ch. 7 Gulf of Riga - the struggle continues 57
Ch. 8 Into a turbulent future 69
Ch. 9 The fateful winter 77
Ch. 10 Return to the Gulf of Riga 85
Ch. 11 The loss of the Gulf of Riga 93
Ch. 12 Slava's last battle 101
Ch. 13 Aftermath and controversy 109
Ch. 14 Epilogue 117
App. 1 Russian rank structure 123
App. 2 A. P. Waxmouth - biographical notes 126
Notes 128
References 137
Illustrations : maps, plates and photographs 139
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