Soviet Motor Gunboats of World War II

The Red Army's 'river tanks' from Stalingrad to Berlin

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A compelling account of the heavily armed and highly mobile Soviet river gunboats which took on the Germans during World War II.

Russia's enormous river system has long been its highway and, as early as 1908, the Tsar's armies were developing armoured riverboats that brought tank-like mobility, firepower and survivability to Russian battlefields.

This book, the first history of these vessels in English, explains how this concept led to one of the most remarkable naval weapons of World War II, the Soviet 'river tank', or Armoured Motor Gun Boat (AMGB). Highly mobile, capable of carrying up to 20 infantrymen directly into action and providing immediate firepower from their tank turrets, machine guns or Katyusha rockets, their military value was widely recognized. They were versatile enough to be used in naval landing operations off the Gulf of Finland, the Azov Sea and the Black Sea, and their capabilities were prized by local commanders.

Using meticulously researched new colour profiles, rare photos and spectacular artwork, this book uncovers the history of river warfare on the Eastern Front, and the boats that played such a key part in the fighting.

Table of Contents

The river gunboat in Imperial Russia
Project 1124
Project 1125
Shoulder to shoulder with Nazi Germany, 1939–41
The German invasion of 1941
The German advance, 1942
Turning point, 1943
The Soviet takeover of Eastern Europe, 1944–45
The Amur Flotilla, 1945
River gunboats in The Cold War
Projects of the 190 series
Project 1204
End of an era

Product details

Published Nov 21 2023
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781472857217
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Illustrated throughout with 40 photos and 8 pages of colour illustrations
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series New Vanguard
Short code NVG 324
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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