The Ghost Ships of Archangel

The Ghost Ships of Archangel

The Arctic Voyage That Defied the Nazis

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"On the fourth of July, 1942, four Allied ships traversing the Arctic separated from their decimated convoy to head further north into the ice field of the North Pole, seeking safety from Nazi bombers and U-boats in the perilous white maze of ice floes, growlers, and giant bergs. Despite the risks, they had a better chance of survival than the rest of Convoy PQ-17, a fleet of thirty-five cargo ships carrying $1 billion worth of war supplies to the Soviet port of Archangel--the limited help Roosevelt and Churchill extended to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin to maintain their fragile alliance, even as they avoided joining the fight in Europe while the Eastern Front raged. The high-level politics that put Convoy PQ-17 in the path of the Nazis were far from the minds of the diverse crews aboard their ships. U.S. Navy Ensign Howard Carraway, aboard the SS Troubadour, was a farm boy from South Carolina and one of the many Americans for whom the convoy was to be a first taste of war; aboard the SS Ironclad, Ensign William Carter of the U.S. Navy Reserve had passed up a chance at Harvard Business School to join the Navy Armed Guard. All the while, The Ghost Ships of Archangel turns its focus on Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin, playing diplomatic games that put their ships in peril. The twenty-four-hour Arctic daylight in midsummer gave no respite from bombers, and the Germans wielded the terrifying battleship Tirpitz, nicknamed The Big Bad Wolf. Icebergs were as dangerous as Nazis. As a newly forged alliance was close to dissolving and the remnants of Convoy PQ-17 tried to slip through the Arctic in one piece, the fate of the world hung in the balance"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2019]
ISBN: 9780525557463
Branch Call Number: 940.545 GER
Characteristics: 337 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Apr 07, 2020

Great bit of WWII history. Stalin demanded supplies to sustain the Eastern Front; Churchill and Roosevelt were willing to appease him with supplies in order to keep Stalin and the USSR fully in the fight against the Nazis. The result was this disastrous convoy that was ordered to scatter due to the overblown threat of the great German battleship the Tirpitz. Once scattered the fleet was fresh meat to the Nazi submarine wolfpack and airplanes. This is a very compelling book that provides tremendous strategic insights into the war and deeply personal stories of death and survival in the ice floes of the Arctic. This is a super addition to the WWII knowledgeable reader and yet accessible to a military history beginner.

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