WWI Naval Warfare Books

Finnish language books

Sukellusveneella UC57 Vapaussotaan

by Tuompo, W.E.
(Onboard Uboat UC-57 to the Liberation War)
1934, Oy Sanatar
In November 1917 U-boat UC-57 transported a group of Finnish freedom fighters from Germany back to the homeland. The men then set up a clandestine radio station in Helsinki and participated the uprising when the Liberation War began in January 1918. The book tells about UC-57's voyages in the Baltic Sea in 1915-1917, ending with UC-57 lost at sea with all hands. The book includes several photos of the UC-57, of Kapitanleut. Wissmann, the CO, and of the memorial statue erected in the Loviisa archipelago to the landing place.

Tuntematon merimies

by Heikkinen, Helge
(The unknown sailor)
1975, WSOY, Porvoo
ISBN 9510066230
327 pages, many photos
Covers the Finnish Merchant Fleet in the First World War.

Suomen kauppalaivaston vaiheita ensimmaisen maailmansodan aikana.

Uhka Lannesta

by Tapani Mattila
(Threat From West)
1997, Suomi merella-saatio
The first half of the book tells about the 19th century national Finnish Navy, Suomen Meriekipaasi, especially how it defended the coast and Fort Sveaborg during the 1853-1856 war. The rest of the book is a detailed, year-by-year history of World War I in the Baltic Sea. This contains a lot of information on U-boat operations, including greatest successes, such as the sinking of the large minelayer Ladoga (500 sea mines). There are excellent and rare photos, including German, Russian and British submarines. One short chapter tells about the clandestine repatriation of small groups of Finnish freedom fighters onboard German U-boats in 1916-17. Excellent book, worth reading. The author has written other books about 17th and 18th century sea wars in Finland.

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