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The Soviet Navy at War

Sbornik Materialov po opytu boyevoy deyetelnosti Voenno-morskogo Flota Soyuza SSR

(Collection of Materials on the Experience of Combat Activities of the Naval Forces of the USSR)

Volume 1:
The Soviet Navy at War: Submarine Warfare.
No. 2, “Experience of Daytime Submarine Torpedo Attacks” (1943, 22 pages) download PDF;
No. 6, “Utilization of Submarines against Enemy Lines of Communication through 21 Months of War” (1943, 206 pages) download PDF.

Volume 2:
The Soviet Navy at War: Northern Fleet Convoy Operations.
No. 8, “Experience of the Utilization of External Sea Lines of Communication in the Northern Theater (June 1941– November 1943)” (1944, 118 pages);
No. 19, “Operations of the White Sea Flotilla for the Support of Arctic Sea Lines of Communication in the 1943 Campaign” (1945, 75 pages);
No. 29, “Maintenance of Sea Lines of Communication in the Northern Theater (From the Experience of the Patriotic War)” (1946, 95 pages).

(Download will be awailabe in May, 2012)

Volume 3:
The Soviet Navy at War: Northern Fleet Ground Combat Operations.
Excerpt from No. 1, “Diversionary Amphibious Landings of Northern Fleet for the Destruction of Enemy Strongpoints on the Southern Shore of Motovskiy Bay in 1942,” (1943, 34 pages);
No. 17, “Medical Support of Northern Fleet’s Amphibious Landing Operation in Motovskiy Bay (27 April–13 May 1942), (1944, 53 pages);
No. 27, “The Northern Fleet in the Operation for the Liberation of the Soviet Far North (7–31 October 1944)” (1945, 152 pages).

(Download will be awailabe in September, 2012)

Volume 4:
The Soviet Navy at War: Black Sea Fleet Amphibious Landing Operations,
Part I. No. 10, “Black Sea Fleet’s Kerch–Feodosiya Amphibious Landing Operation, 26–31 December 1941” (1944, 143 pages);
No. 11, “Black Sea Fleet’s Stanichka–Yuzhnaya Ozereyka Amphibious Landing Operation, 2–9 February 1943” (1944, 136 pages)

Volume 5:
The Soviet Navy at War: Black Sea Fleet Amphibious Landing Operations,
Part II. No. 12, “Black Sea Fleet’s Novorossiysk Amphibious Landing Operation, 9–16 September 1943 (1944, 148 pages);
No. 16, “Amphibious Assaults of Black Sea Fleet’s Azov Flotilla on the Northern Coast of the Sea of Azov and on Taman Peninsula in 1943” (1944, 136 pages)

Volume 6:
The Soviet Navy at War: Baltic Fleet Surface Warfare.
No. 9, “Search Operations of Baltic Fleet Patrol Torpedo Boats in the Third Quarter of 1943” (1944, 48 pages); No. 31, “Combat Actions of Red Banner Baltic Fleet in Operations for the Liberation of Estonian and Latvian SSRs” (1947, 134 pages);
No. 32, “Actions of Red Banner Baltic Fleet against Enemy Lines of Communication in the Closing Stage of the Great Patriotic War (December 1944 – May 1945)” (1947, 86 pages)

Volume 7:
The Soviet Navy at War: Riverine Force Operations,
Part I. No. 22, “Combat Actions of Red Banner Dnepr Flotilla in the 1944 Campaign” (1945, 80 pages);
No. 26, “Combat Actions of Red Banner, Orders of Nakhimov and Kutuzov Danube Flotilla in 1944–45” (1945, 142 pages);
No. 23, “Combat Actions of Caspian Flotilla in the Great Patriotic War (1943, 98 pages)

Volume 8:
The Soviet Navy at War: Riverine Force Operations,
Part II: No. 5, “Combat Experience of the Volga Flotilla in the 1943 Campaign” (1944, 260 pages);
No. 25, “Volga Flotilla in the Battles for Stalingrad” (1945, 98 pages)

Volume 9:
The Soviet Navy at War: War in the Far East, 1945.
No. 30, “Combat Actions of the Pacific Fleet in the War against Japan” (1946, 152 pages);
No. 33, “Combat Actions of the Red Banner Amur Flotilla in the War against Japan” (1947, 88 pages)

Volume 10:
The Soviet Navy at War: Command, Control, and Intelligence.
No. 28, “The Experience of the Construction and Organization of Work at Shore-based Command Posts of Soviet Fleet and Flotilla Commanders” (1946, 88 pages);
No. 38, “Intelligence Support of Northern Fleet during the Great Patriotic War (1941–1945)” (1950)

Volume 11:
The Soviet Navy at War: Fleet Logistics.
No. 13, “Creation of a Naval Base on an Undeveloped Coast [Novaya Zemlya]” (1944, 96 pages);
No. 34, “Experience of Logistic Support of Black Sea and Baltic Fleet Forces in Operations in 1944” (1947, 76 pages);
No. 37, “Experience of the Work of Naval Logistic Support Elements during the Great Patriotic War” (1949, 92 pages)

Volume 12:
The Soviet Navy at War: Operations of the Black Sea Fleet.
No. 14, “Black Sea Fleet in the Defense of Sevastopol” (1944, 136 pages);
No. 21, “Black Sea Fleet in the Campaign for the Crimea” (1945, 50 pages);
No. 40, “Combat Actions of Black Sea Fleet’s Coastal Defense Forces in the Great Patriotic War, 1941–1945” (1954, 136 pages)

Volume 13:
The Soviet Navy at War: Mine and Anti-Mine Warfare.
No. 4, “Development and Employment of Anti-mine Assets in the Patriotic War during the Period from 22 June 1941 to 30 September 1942” (1943, 217 pages).
No. 15, “The Experience of Conducting Minesweeping Operations” (1944, 96 pages);
No. 20, “The Combat Service Life of Mines,” “Sweeping Novorossiysk Port in Autumn 1943,” “Feodosiya Minesweeping Operation in April–May 1944,” and “Support of Minesweeping in the Enemy’s Operational Zone by Laying Smokescreens” (1945, 109 pages)

Volume 14:
The Soviet Navy at War: Employment of Soviet Naval Air Forces.
No. 18, “Combat Actions of Soviet Naval Air Forces and Antiaircraft Defense Forces in the Great Patriotic War” (1944, 104 pages);
No. 36, “Experience of the Employment of Air Assets for the Emplacement of Mine Obstacles” (1948, 87 pages)

Volume 15:
The Soviet Navy at War: Intra-Theater Transfer of Naval Vessels.
No. 35, “Experience of the Transit of Naval Vessels along Internal Water Routes of the USSR, 1943–1945” (1948, 184 pages);
No. 39, “Experience of the Transport of Submarines and Small Vessels by Railroad during the Great Patriotic War” (1950, 96 pages)

James F. Gebhardt is a retired U.S. Army officer who served as an enlisted infantryman, armor officer, and Soviet foreign area officer during a 20-year career. His service includes one year in Vietnam, where he earned the Combat Infantryman Badge. He received a BA degree in political science from the University of Idaho in 1974 and an MA degree in history from the University of Washington in 1976. Mr. Gebhardt studied the Russian language at the University of Idaho, the University of Washington, Defense Language Institute (Monterey), and the U.S. Army Russian Institute in Garmisch, Germany.

Mr. Gebhardt is the author or translator of several previous works in the Soviet military history field. His works include a research study of the Petsamo-Kirkenes Operation conducted in October 1944 on the Murmansk front, the translated and expanded memoir of naval scout and Twice Hero of the Soviet Union Viktor Leonov, and two translated memoirs of Hero of the Soviet Union Dmitriy Loza, who commanded a Soviet tank battalion equipped with American Sherman tanks. For firearms enthusiasts, he has translated and published (primarily through Paladin Press) a series of instructional manuals for the most common Soviet military small arms. His translations of interviews with Soviet pilots of American and British Lend-Lease aircraft are published at http://lend-lease.airforce.ru/english/index.htm, and he has also contributed many translations to this website.

It is Mr. Gebhardt’s intention to complete one or two translations annually in this series, until all 39 reports are completed and available to our site visitors.

Some more translations made by Mr. Gebhardt for this website:

The Fate of Amphibious Assault Tanks

Soviet Combat Snowmobiles

OMSBON - Independent Special Purpose Motorized Brigade

Alexander Goncharov, artilleryman, truck driver

Nikolay Kolesnik, artilleryman, partisan


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