Introduction 1. Backdrop: September 1939 - July 1941 2. Skirmishing: August 1941- December 1941 3. Into the Valley of Death: January - June 1942 4. Fateful Voyages: July 1942 - February 1943 5. Hiatus: March - October 1943 6. Another Winter in Hell: November 1943 - April 1944 7. Spring Break: May 1944 - July 1944 8. Turning Point: August - December 1944 9. Whispers of Victory: January - June 1945 Epilogue Appendices A. Convoy Summary B. Ships, Aircraft, Weapons C. Biographic Sketches of Key Leaders References and Bibliography
Award-winning historian Mike Walling captures the essence of the Arctic Convoys of World War II-an essence distilled from men's fear, anger, killing lust, courage, self-sacrifice, and agonizing death, mixed with bloodstained, oil-tainted water from the Arctic Sea.
Michael G. Walling is author of several books, including Bloodstained Sea, the 2005 Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature. An internationally recognized World War II expert, Walling is a contributing author to the US Naval Institute's Naval History Magazine and has appeared on The History Channel and PBS as an aviation and naval expert. After graduating from Montclair State College with a BA in Biology, Walling served in the US Coast Guard for six years as a commissioned officer and a senior petty officer. He has spent more than 45 years collecting stories from veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq as well as those of pilots, merchant seaman, and civilian personnel with NATO and EUFOR in the Balkans. His research has included visits to London; Sarajevo; Baska Voda, Croatia; Halifax, Nova Scotia; St. John's, Newfoundland; and New Orleans.
"This volume fills in a part of history little known to the average student of the Second World War and is important in the wider knowledge of that time." --Richard Mataka, www.mataka.org"Relying on anecdores from the written accounts of crewmen who served on board the merchantmen and their naval escorts, Walling provides readers with unforgettable snapshots of the horrendous experiences they faced during cobat in ... frigid waters." --Naval History magazine (June 2013)"If the Nazis didn't get you, the weather would in this truly hellish front: the icy U-boat and Luftwaffe-patrolled lend-lease lifeline to Russia." --Gene Santoro, World War II (November/December 2012)..".through this book I definitely had gained a renewed sense of appreciation for the thousands upon thousands of civilian seamen who had contributed to the war effort, many of whom passed into history without ever receiving their due recognition." --Peter C. Chen, World War II Database (October 2012)..".tells the complete story of the Allied forces' Arctic Convoys and the role they played in helping Russia repel the Germans. It uses literally hundreds of oral histories from eyewitnesses and veterans of the convoys plus original research in the Russian Naval archives at Murmansk to retell a campaign that has received relatively little in-depth focus in the chronicles of World War II, and is a top pick for any military history holding." --James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review (January 2013)