Naval Operations

  • Evan Mawdsley
Part of the Studies in Russian and East European History book series (SREEHS)


It is now necessary to make a sharp turn, from the Mariia Palace and Anchor Square to the open grey Baltic. Like its political potential, the military effectiveness of the Baltic Fleet was very important. General Alekseev made the following report in March:

The Petrograd direction was considered completely secure, even if we should have to retreat somewhat is some sector, since, being masters of the Baltic Sea, we were not afraid of the loss of some space on land.

Events of recent days have sharply changed the picture and the strategic situation. The Baltic Fleet is not, at the present moment, battle-ready and it is difficult to say whether its full battle-readiness will be restored by the beginning of navigation in the Baltic Sea.


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  1. B. Denisov, ‘Minno-zagraditel’nye operatsii russkogo flota v Baltiiskom more v 1914-1917 gg.’, Morskoi sbornik, 1934, no. 8, 157f, 160, 172.Google Scholar

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