THE BRITISH ASSAULT ON FINLAND 1854-1855. A FORGOTTEN NAVAL WAR.

Greenhill, Basil. & Giffard, Ann.


£40.00




1st ed., 1988. Xviii + 366 pp., 31 photo-plates + maps & other ills. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. An account of a forgotten but nevertheless important campaign involving the Royal Navy during the Crimean War in the mid-1850s ' the first time in history that a steam battle-fleet had gone into action. The principal target of the British Baltic Fleet was Finland ' owners of the largest proportion of Russian-flag vessels. The Royal Navy's threat to attack St. Petersburg itself tied down 200,000 Russian troops. The attacks on the Finnish coast and on their merchant shipping had far-reaching effects both in Finland and in Russia. The authors describe the naval and military actions and examine the economic and social history of an area still little-known in the English-speaking world. FINE copy.


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