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Stalin's Ocean-Going Fleet

The book describes in detail the discussions about the naval strategy and the shipbuilding progams in the Soviet political and military leadership from 1922 to the death of Stalin in 1953 in connection with the internal and external political, economic, and military conditions.
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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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