My most recent project deals with The Great War in the Baltic. Amateur historians and naval buffs may know of Fisher’s folly to bring the Royal Navy into the Baltic to land Russian troops and advance on Berlin. They may also have heard of Operation Albion were the Germans occupied the islands off of Estonia. Yet in the three plus years of the war, and longer if you add in the Civil War, the Baltic was a battlefield involving Russian, German and British warships. Trade was interdicted between neutral Sweden and German by British submarines. Supplies were sent by sea to Finland and the Baltic states during the Civil War. Russian and German cruisers and destroyers dueled it out in these coastal waters. German and British sailors and troops took part in operations at sea and ashore, yet little is written that I can find other than passing remarks in general histories.
- Conway’s All the World’s Fighting Ships, 1860-1905
- Conway’s All the World’s Fighting Ships: 1906-1921
- To Crown the Waves
- Naval Weapons of World War One
- Battle for the Baltic Islands 1917: Triumph of the Imperial German Navy
- Operation Albion: The German Conquest of the Baltic Islands
Four are reference works and the other two are on a single campaign.
The Internet has helped but I feel I must be missing something. Are there out-of-print works that I am not aware of? In the peaking order of written nautical historiography the Russians do not appear to have made the cut. Royal Navy yes, same with the German Kaiserliche Marine. Even the Austro-Hungarian navy is represented in print. But the Russian and French navies seem to have come up short. I wonder why?