Operation Albion: The German Conquest of the Baltic Islands by Michael B. BarrettOperation Albion: The German Conquest of the Baltic Islands by Michael B. Barrett

Operation Albion: The German Conquest of the Baltic Islands

byMichael B. Barrett

Hardcover | February 19, 2008

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In October 1917, an invasion force of some 25,000 German soldiers, accompanied by a flotilla of 10 dreadnoughts, 350 other vessels, a half-dozen zeppelins, and 80 aircraft, attacked the Baltic islands of Dago, Osel, and Moon at the head of the Gulf of Riga. It proved to be the most successful amphibious operation of World War I. The three islands fell, the Gulf was opened to German warships and was now a threat to Russian naval bases in the Gulf of Finland, and 20,000 Russians were captured. The invasion proved to be the last major operation in the East. Although the invasion had achieved its objectives and placed the Germans in an excellent position for the resumption of warfare in the spring, within three weeks of the operation, the Bolsheviks took power in Russia (November 7, 1917) and Albion faded into obscurity as the war in the East came to a slow end.

Michael B. Barrett is Professor of History at the Citadel and Brigadier General (retired), U.S. Army Reserve. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina.
Title:Operation Albion: The German Conquest of the Baltic IslandsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.17 inPublished:February 19, 2008Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253349699

ISBN - 13:9780253349699


Table of Contents

List of Maps
Dates, Times, and Names
1. Submarine UC-58, Tagga Bay, 28 September 1917
2. The Strategic Importance of the Baltic Islands
3. The Decision to Mount Operation Albion
4. The Islands and Their Defenses
5. The Invasion
6. Ösel, 1213 October 1917: The Central Island
7. Ösel, 1216 October 1917: The Island's Ends
8. The Capture of Moon and Dagö Islands
9. The Naval Battle for the Baltic Islands
10. Conclusion
11. Epilogue

Appendix: A Word on Sources

Editorial Reviews

Specialists in the history of the Great War and the operational history of any period, historians of Germany and of Russia, and anyone with a general interest in well-written military history will enjoy reading this book.March 2009