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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Sun May 17, 2020 7:07 pm

    Was the Soviet fleet useless in World War II
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    Post  GarryB on Mon May 18, 2020 5:58 am

    Just based on the title... if they consider the Soviet fleet entirely useless I assume they are ignoring the continued defence they provided in Leningrad and Crimea, and support in operations on land using naval personel...

    But then we must take out hats off to the British navy that was so influential during WWII.... or not... it wasn't even much use at Dunkirk... it was mostly civilian fishing boats and cargo vessels that assisted the running away...

    You could argue the Royal Navy was useful for D-Day, but the war was practically decided by then, so hardly pivotal...
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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Mon May 18, 2020 7:12 am

    Despite losses, the RN played its role:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naval_history_of_World_War_II#Great_Britain

    Let's not forget that the Soviet river flotillas & naval aviation also aided in the war effort:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danube_Flotilla_(Soviet_Union)#1940_flotilla

    https://weaponsandwarfare.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/20160510-grau-river-flotillas-in-support-of-defensive-ground-operations-the-soviet-experience.pdf

    Some armoured gunboats even fought in the battle of Berlin, making their way on the Spree.
    https://www.naval-encyclopedia.com/ww2/soviet-navy

    Russian Navy Aviation managed all land, shore and vessel-based (tender seaplanes and catapult vessels) hydroplanes and aircraft, as well as flying boats. The air units also conducted land operations in support of the Red Army during landings and disembarkation and served in special wartime operations. Naval Aviation provided some air cover to Allied convoys bringing equipment to Soviet forces from North Sea to the Barents Sea and via the Pacific Ocean to the Sea of Okhotsk. During the war, Naval Aviation delivered an immense blow to the enemy in terms of sunken ships and crews—two and a half times more than any other unit of the Soviet Navy. Seventeen naval aviation units were honored with the title of the Soviet Guards, while 241 men were awarded with the title of the Hero of the Soviet Union (including five pilots—even twice).
    https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Soviet_Naval_Aviation

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