The Tsar's Last Armada: The Epic Journey to the Battle of Tsushima

The Tsar's Last Armada: The Epic Journey to the Battle of Tsushima

by Constantine Pleshakov
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The Tsar's Last Armada 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
jasonlee3071 More than 1 year ago
Well written entertaining account of a Russian fleet's travel around the world to it's doomed fate in the Straits of Tsushima. Here you read about the lives of sailors onboard and their overbearing dominating and ambitious commander who is known for his temper tantrums. Also about the ineptness and the corruption that according to this book was rather rife in the Russian military. After reading this you can easily see why they not only well deserve their defeat at the hands of the Japanese but why they really couldn't win this war.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pleshakov's examination of the voyage of the Russian Baltic Fleet to the Far East and its disastrous battle with the Japanese Navy in the Battle of Tsushima is an overall commendable work with very interesting detail. However, the author's style of writing, that often appears as short, to-the-point sentences (a good aspect), can appear almost juvenile at times in his choice of words (how a lake in Madagascar can be "enigmatic" I am not sure). He also seems to draw special attention to the sexual orientations of various characters in the story which hardly appear to contribute anything worthwhile to the reader's understanding of the events and borders on annoying. At certain points in the book, Pleshakov makes rather exaggerated statements which causes the writing to appear questionable at times (such as claiming the British Navy could have sunk the Russian fleet in a matter of "minutes"; should such a hostile encounter have occurred, even the Royal Navy could not have destroyed the entire Russian fleet instantaneously as Pleshakov implies). The story also doesn't seem to bear-out the publisher's claim that the Russian fleet was "self-sufficient" during its journey. The book relates that the Russians took on huge quantities of coal and fresh water at German and French colonial ports (and even fresh water from facilities in British home waters), and was coaled by German transports in the Indian ocean. Nevertheless, the story is a vivid account and well-worth the price.
Fulminata More than 1 year ago
In brief, this is a wonderful book. Well written, captivating, and well balanced. The book is about the Imperial Russian navy's fateful cruise all the way from the Baltic to its fiery and complete destruction by a rising empire, that of Imperial Japan at the battle of Tsushima. Overall I thought it a great book.