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The tsar's last armada : the epic journey to the Battle of Tsushima

Author: Konstantin Pleshakov
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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It took the Russians nine months to sail their navy 18,000 miles from the Baltic Sea around the horn of Africa and to the Sea of Japan in 1905, where their Japanese enemies wiped them out in just a few hours at the Battle of Tsushima. The Japanese triumph and Russian disaster, "largely forgotten in the West," according to Constantine Pleshakov, marked a vital turning point in world history. Not only did it  Read more...
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Named Person: Nikolaj, Russland Zar; Zar II ) Nikolaus (Russland
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Konstantin Pleshakov
ISBN: 0465057926 9780465057924
OCLC Number: 54931732
Description: xx, 396 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Contents: "The first ball of the Tsar," 1890-1904 --
"Master the sea!" January-August 1904 --
"Rumors from the bazaar," August-October 1904 --
"This is a miserable fleet," October 4-23, 1904, Western Europe --
"We have no coast batteries in Dakar!" October 23-December 16, 1904, African coast --
"The yacht squadron," October 1904-January 1905, Red Sea --
"Nossilbeisk," December 16, 1904-March 3, 1905, Madagascar --
"Ten guns done up in India rubber," March 1905, Indian Ocean --
"A hole coated in iron," March 26-May 1, 1905, Indochina --
"Be prepared for full steam ahead," May 1-13, 1905, Pacific Ocean --
"They are all there!" 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., May 14, 1905 --
"Follow the admiral," 5:30 p.m., May 14-1 p.m., May 15, 1905 --
"Slutty old geezer," May 14-21, 1905 --
"Throw me overboard," 5:30 p.m., May 14-6 a.m., May 16, 1905 --
"Return soon," May-Novermber 1905 --
"The insulted Russian people," November 3, 1905-January 1, 1909.
Responsibility: Constantine Pleshakov.
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A stirring reconstruction of one of history's great--and least known --naval battles... Fascinating stuff. A boon for students of military history and naval warfare.--Kirkus Reviews (starred review).  Read more...

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