Academic journal article Military Review

Great World War II Battles in the Arctic

Academic journal article Military Review

Great World War II Battles in the Arctic

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GREAT WORLD WAR II BATTLES IN THE ARCTIC, Mark Llewellyn Evans, Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1999, 192 pages, $55.00.

Presumably, a book titled Great World War 11 Battles in the Arctic would be about just that. It is not. There is no mention of major land battles such as the unsuccessful multicorps German effort to take Murmansk, the Soviet Karelian front, arctic defense or the Soviet Petsamo-Kirkenes Offensive, which was the largest battle in military history fought north of the Arctic Circle. The only land actions author Mark Llewellyn Evans discusses are the considerably smaller British/French/ Polish landings at Trondheim and Narvik, Norway, and the attendant naval battle.

The book is primarily about naval actions. Should it be retitled "Great World War II Naval Battles in the Arctic?" Probably not. It dismisses Soviet naval efforts as those of bunglers and incompetents and does not address the mass of Soviet naval archive material that has been released over the past 10 years. …

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