This work is a collection of American eyewitness accounts of one of the most hazardous military operations of World War II - the Murmansk Run. From 1941 to 1945, convoys of U.S. merchant ships transported cargoes to the northern Russian ports of Murmansk, Archangel, and Molotovsk. The convoys faced numerous mortal threats, often simultaneous, on their way to Russia. While in the USSR, crew members then had to contend with the many peculiarities of the Soviet environment.
Mark Scott is Professor of History and Humanities at Pepperdine University.
Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Virgil Sharp: "Evaporated by a Torpedo"; Donald Murphy: "A Hellish-Green Light"; Sam Hakam: "First Blood: Convoy PQ-16"; Francis Brummer: "PQ-17: Left to Die"; T.L. Hostetter: "In Coffin Corner with PQ-18"; Ned Hecht: "Trapped in the Arctic Twilight"; Edward Higginbotham: "Seals and Ice"; Dick Brown: "Lost in a Savage Sea"; George Sandiford: "Snow-Covered Hills and Sunken Masts"; Earl Carter: "A Lucky Situation"; Admiral Samuel Frankel: "Memories of Wartime Murmansk"; Joseph Richardson: "The Francis Scottsky, Moonshine, and Timmy"; General James Boswell: "Arkhangel at War, 1941"; Francis Brummer: Sledding to Archangel"; Captain John Le Cato: "The Forgotten Convoy"; Sam Hakam: "Hot Pants in Murmansk"; Donald Murphy: "Insured to Murmansk and Back"; John Le Cato: "Animosity Between Friends"; Virgil Sharp: "Meeky Mause, Americanski?"; Earl Carter: "An Unusual Pinup"; Dick Brown: "Sober in Murmansk"; George Sandiford: "Living it up at the Arctica Hotel"; Captain John Le Cato: "Haggling with the Gum-Gum Boys"; Francis Brummer "Frozen to Death"; John Sheridan: "Saved by Snow"; Earl Carter: "An Uneventful Crossing"; George Sandiford: "Norwegian Rescue"; Virgil Sharp: "A Tooth for Two Beers"; John Sheridan: "May 9, 1945: V-E Day in Murmansk; Captain John Le Cato: "Beyond Propaganda"; Notes, Bibliography, Index.