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

By Gary Staff

In overdue 1917, the Russians, regardless of the revolution, have been nonetheless keen to proceed the warfare opposed to Germany. this can be an account of Operation Albion, the hugely profitable sea borne operation introduced by means of the Germans to alter their minds. The Baltic Islands have been pivotal for the protection of the Finnish Gulf and St. Petersburg, so their trap used to be crucial for any crusade in the direction of the Russian capital. basically after the autumn of the islands did Russia commence peace negotiations (freeing approximately part one million German squaddies for the Kaiser's final gamble at the Western Front). This then used to be a crusade of serious value for the battle on either jap 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 protection 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 e-book shatters the parable that the Imperial German army spent the final years of the struggle cowering in port.


"A very distinctive 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 analyzing for an individual drawn to amphibious and joint operations." The NYMAS assessment, wintry weather 2009

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Towards 1330hrs the five Gotha WD 11 torpedo-bombers lumbered into the air, led by Leutnant zur See Stinsky in aircraft 1378. Following close behind were aircraft 1372, 1374, 1376 and 1377. Although visibility was good, there was a strong wind and swell, and the weather threatened to turn bad. The port squad, comprising aircraft 1372 and 1374, took course NNW towards the lighthouse at Zerel, initially at an altitude of 600 feet but later reducing to 300 feet. The smaller steamer lay on a north-northwest heading and therefore the staffel took up an attack course of northeast, further reducing altitude to avoid anti-aircraft gun fire from the battery near Zerel.

The Emden’s third salvo then landed amongst Battery No34 and destroyed the telephone wires and speaking tubes, and after this the battery could only continue with independent fire. One cannon remained serviceable. The fight continued for ten minutes and the battery fired up to twenty-five shells. When the battery commander, Warrant Officer Lesgaft, gave orders to retire there no longer remained any crews by the cannon. At around 0700hrs the German Landing Corps began going ashore and landed unopposed.

It is covered with scattered woods, pastures, marshes, small villages and farms. Many fields are delineated by juniper hedges. There are seven large depressions on Ösel, the largest of which is Lake Kaami. These were formed by meteorites. The south part of Ösel is formed by the Sworbe Peninsula, which has Cape Zerel as its southernmost tip. From Zerel to the Kurland coast is a distance of 16 miles and the Zerel Reef extends out from the cape. There was a large lighthouse at Cape Zerel, which provided an excellent lookout station and was strategically and morally very important.

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