Forgotten Sacrifice: The Arctic Convoys of World War II by Michael G. Walling

By Michael G. Walling

Опираясь на сотни историй очевидцев и ветеранов конвоев и личных исследований в российских архивах военно-морского флота в Мурманске, автор воссоздаёт историю полярных конвоев

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