University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, 1st ed., 1994. Xxv + 192 pp., 12 photos & other ills. D.j., 23 x 16cm. FINE. Based on recently published Soviet documents, German archives, and the growing scholarship with regard to both navies, this book examines the naval relationship that existed between Soviet Russia and Germany during the inter-war years. Both Stalin and Hitler sought to build fleets beyond their defensive needs and in breach of the naval treaties. The author uncovers the lessons both Germany and Russia learnt from the Great War ; lessons that shaped their respective pursuit of naval supremacy and their individual ambitions to wrestle Neptune's trident from the Royal Navy. He analyses Russo-German naval relations in detail ; Russia's exchange of oil and raw materials for German naval technology ; and the various pacts between Stalin and Hitler ' each as trustworthy as the other.