Year of publication: 2018
Keywords: 20th Century
Biographies and Memoirs, Publicism, Military history
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Robert Moore KURSK Putin’s First Crisis and the Russian Navy’s Darkest Hour To the crew of K-141 and the extraordinary families they left behind, especially the seventy children And to Liz, Timothy, Freya and Claudia for their inspiration ‘Of all the branches of men in the forces there is none which shows more devotion and faces grimmer perils than the submariners.’ – WINSTON CHURCHILL The Kursk Foreword On 12 August each year, at Russian naval bases from Vladivostok to Kaliningrad and from Murmansk to Sevastopol, and aboard ships of all four Fleets, officers and recruits stand at attention and observe a moment of silence. In many garrisons, an Orthodox priest leads a short memorial service, with incense floating in the summer air, and a melodic chant audible across the parade ground. The blue and white Andreyev flag of the Russian Navy flies at half-staff. Entirely out of view, below the surface...