Operation Albion: The German Conquest of the Baltic Islands

Hardcover | February 19, 2008

byMichael B. Barrett

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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.

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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 th...

Michael B. Barrett is Professor of History at the Citadel and Brigadier General (retired), U.S. Army Reserve. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.17 inPublished:February 19, 2008Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Contents<_5c_>
List of Maps
Dates, Times, and Names
Acknowledgments
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
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"Attraverso il ricorso ad un ampio materiale documentario, in gran parte inedito e conservato presso i maggiori archivi militari statunitensi, tedeschi e russi, l'autore riporta alla luce in maniera brillante ed estremamente accurata un episodio significantivo, e tuttavia perlopiu dimenticati, della Prima Guerra Mondiale: la conquista, avvenuta nelle settimane centrali dell'ottobre del 1917, delle quatro principali isole baltiche - Osel, Dago, Worms, e Moon - situate all'ingresso del Golfo di Riga da parte dell'esercito e della marina tedesca." -Ricerche Distoria Politica, March 2009