Blood on the Shores: Soviet Naval Commandos in World War II
Blood on the Shores is both a first-person account and a meticulously researched study of Soviet naval special operations forces in World War II. It is based on the 1957 memoirs of Twice Hero of the Soviet Union Viktor Leonov, who commanded in combat the reconnaissance detachments of the Northern and Pacific fleets. Leonov describes his entry into the elite Northern Fleet naval scout unit in July 1941 and the tactical and operational raids that followed against German forces based in Norway from 1941 through 1944. His story climaxes in the Far East, where Leonov's Pacific Fleet detachment distinguished itself in daring amphibious landings into Japanese-held Korean ports in advance of Soviet main naval and ground forces. The translator's introduction and other materials reveal another significant activity of Soviet naval intelligence - the insertion of Soviet and Norwegian intelligence operatives deep into the German rear in Norway by submarine and parachute. These men monitored German ship traffic from Tromso northward, providing timely and accurate intelligence reports directly to Northern Fleet headquarters. When German counterintelligence rounded up and destroyed this agent net, Leonov's detachment assumed the mission. Because Leonov could not describe these highly secretive activities in 1957 when his memoir was first published in the Soviet Union, the translator's contributions to this work are crucial to a fuller understanding of the scope of Soviet naval special operations and intelligence activities in World War II. Historical documentation found in recently opened Russian archives, a survey of the scout detachments of other fleets, captured German documents, and an extensivebibliography help make this a useful reference book as well as an entertaining read about the exploits of these legendary naval commandos.
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