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Stalin's Ocean-Going Fleet


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Part 1 Historiography on the Soviet Navy. Part 2 The reconstitution phase, 1920-25: condition of the Soviet Navy after the Civil War. Part 3 The consolidation phase, 1925-32: Stalin on his way to dictatorship; new discussions about strategy; the start of the first shipbuilding programme; tanks or battleships? what fleet do we need?; the First Five-Year Plan (1928-32); the "small war at sea" theory; first repressions of leaders and engineers accused of sabotage; foreign aid from Germany; foreign aid from Italy; shipbuilding in the First-Five Year Plan. Part 4 The Second Five-Year Plan, 1933-37: international politics and strategy; shipbuilding and the forced industrialization programme; strategy and shipbuilding plans; foreign aid during the Second Five-Year Plan; submarine building in the Second Five-Year Plan; surface ships in the Second Five-Year Plan; reasons for delays during the Second Five-Year Plan. Part 5 The change to the big high seas and ocean-going fleet: Stalin's role; international situation; domestic policy and the start of the purges; a new international naval arms race; first Soviet battleship plans; the Spanish Civil War. Part 6 The Third Five-Year Plan: the great purges against the Army and Navy; the strategic considerations in 1935-36; the battleship building plans of 1936-37; changes in strategic planning and new purges; new leaders and a new strategy in 1939; the shipbuilding organization in the Third Five-Year Plan; foreign aid in shipbuilding in the Third Five-Year Plan; the state of the Soviet fleets and the shipbuilding programme in the summer of 1939; operations and tactics reconsidered. Part 7 The Second World War - the first two years: Soviet foreign policy in spring and summer 1939; the first period of Soviet-German cooperation 1939-40; changes in the strategic situation, autumn 1939-summer 1940; change from cooperation to confrontation, autumn 1940; new changes in the Soviet naval strategy in 1940; new changes in the shipbuilding programme; conferences on operations and tactics in October and December 1940; Hitler and the German "Wehrmacht" prepare for "Barbarossa"; Soviet preparations for war; the Soviet Navy at the start of the Great Patriotic War. Part 8 The Great Patriotic War, 1941-45: the German attack; consequences for the Soviet Navy of the German attack up to mid-1942; planning and design processes during the war - surface ships and vessels; building and planning the submarines; lend-lease deliveries of naval vessels; war booty ships up to the end of the war; operations and losses from mid-1942 to the end of the war; the Soviet fleets at the end of the war, September 1945. Part 9 From 1945 to the end of Stalin's regime: first plans for the new Navy; the Soviet diplomatic offensive, 1944-45; ships as reparation; return of the lend-lease ships; the ten-year programme of 1945 (1946-55); experiences, strategies and industrial capacities; reorganization of the high command and purges; new discussions about stra

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