The Soviet Navy that faced the German onslaught in 1941 boasted a mixture of modern warships, often built with foreign technical assistance, and antiquated warships from the Tsarist era that were modernized for the conflict.
Some Soviet naval vessels saw limited involvement in the war against Finland in 1939–1940, but the main action occurred after the German invasion, when these destroyers escorted convoys, fought battles against other destroyers and the deadly threat posed by attacking aircraft, and provided fire support for Soviet troops. From the Gnevny class of the prewar period to the specialist destroyer leaders of the Leningrad class and the unique Tashkent, Soviet Destroyers of World War II is a detailed guide to the often forgotten destroyers of the Soviet Navy.
Fully illustrated with archival photos and specially commissioned artwork, Soviet Destroyers of World War II will appeal to naval historians, or anyone interested in this little-known part of the war.
About the Author
Alexander Hill is an associate professor in military history at the University of Calgary in Canada, and specializes in Soviet military history from 1917 to 1945. He has published a range of books and articles that cover not only the Red Army at war but also the Soviet navy and Soviet partisan movement.
Table of Contents
Soviet naval strategy and the role of the destroyer and destroyer escort
Former Tsarist destroyers of the Novik class
Soviet destroyer escorts of the Uragan class
Soviet flotilla leaders: Leningrad class and flotilla leader Tashkent
Other Soviet destroyers
Analysis and conclusion