BATTLE OF THE BALTIC ISLANDS 1917: Triumph of the Imperial by Gary Staff

By Gary Staff

In past due 1917, the Russians, regardless of the revolution, have been nonetheless keen to proceed the battle opposed to Germany. this can be an account of Operation Albion, the hugely profitable sea borne operation introduced through the Germans to alter their minds. The Baltic Islands have been pivotal for the safety of the Finnish Gulf and St. Petersburg, so their catch used to be crucial for any crusade in the direction of the Russian capital. simply after the autumn of the islands did Russia commence peace negotiations (freeing approximately part 1000000 German infantrymen for the Kaiser's final gamble at the Western Front). This then was once a crusade of serious value for the warfare on either japanese and Western fronts.

A huge a part of the excessive Sea Fleet took half within the invasion of the Baltic islands, together with the main sleek dreadnought battleships. The Russians fastened a resolute safety regardless of being seriously outgunned and over a 10 day interval there have been many naval clashes round the islands in addition to the crusade ashore, all of that are defined intimately with using either Russian and German first hand accounts.

This publication shatters the parable that the Imperial German military spent the final years of the conflict cowering in port.


"A very particular operational account of the hugely profitable German amphibious landings in October of 1917 at the Russian islands of Osel and Dago, off what's now Lithuania.... very important interpreting for someone attracted to amphibious and joint operations." The NYMAS evaluation, wintry weather 2009

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The campaign lasted from 8 to 21 August. The first attempt to break in to the gulf failed because of the insurmountable mine barriers. A continuation of the attack led to a German force entering the gulf for a short period on 19 August. Prinz Heinrich came to the conclusion that a recurrence of the break-in attempt Would only make sense when we could remain in the Gulf. For this purpose it is necessary for the Army to occupy Riga and the mouth of the Dvina. Then the possession of the Gulf can be facilitated, but nevertheless would require considerable naval forces.

Ahead was the first section, preceded by the trawlers of the S-Flotilla of the Baltic with broken out minesweeper gear, then came the second section preceded by the II Minesweeper Flotilla, likewise with sweeper gear set. So far no mines had been encountered. Towards late afternoon the S-Flotilla of the Baltic handed over the minesweeping duties to the other trawlers and Fregattenkapitän Rosenberg hurried ahead to lay out the light vessels along the foreseen route at the nominated points: S, Epsilon, Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta and White; some of which were already indicated by U-boats.

The command and communication post at Cape Hundsort was taken under bombardment but all twenty-five men of the 5th Company of the 426th Povenets Regiment remained resolutely at their posts. The firing continued while the landing took place but by 0745hrs the IV Battle Squadron had anchored. Meanwhile, the III Battle Squadron, under Vizeadmiral Behncke, took up their positions to bombard Battery No 46 at Ninnast. At 0440hrs Bayern had been detached for her task of silencing Battery No 34 at Toffri.

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