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Christopher Dobson
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The Cruelest Night

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  6 reviews
"The Cruelest Night" reveals, for the first time, the full story of the worst of all sea tragedies, the sinking of the German ocean liner Wilhelm Gustloff in the Baltic Sea in 1945. At least 7000 military personnel and civilians in flight from the avenging Red army perished--nearly five times the number who died on the Titanic. The subsequent loss in the the same operation ...more
Hardcover, 223 pages
Published February 1st 1980 by Little Brown and Company (first published January 1st 1980)
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Becca Pirie
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, 2015
At the beginning of November, I read a book called Death in the Baltic by Cathryn J Prince, a non-fiction book published in 2013 about the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff. I thought it was a good book, but I saw a one-star review that said there was incorrect information in it and mentioned two other books to read instead: A. V. Sellwood's The Damned Don't Drown, and The Cruelest Night. So I checked my library and, yay, they had a copy of this sitting on a shelf.

This was fantastic. A quick, gri
Roger Weston
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Cruelest Night tells of the worst maritime disaster in history, a shipwreck where five times more died than on the Titanic. The writing paints vivid pictures so that the reader gets a clear picture of a frightening and disastrous night on the Baltic. It lays out the tragic historical events that led to a Russian submarine sinking the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship packed with thousands of women and children.
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
The historical account of the events in the fiction book Salt to the Sea. An interesting and informative read.
Maren Johnson
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
SO GOOD! Using it for my research paper!
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
very good historical read about the greatest maritime tragedy in history - the sinking of the Wilhelm Gusthoff during WWII. Sadly, the history books don't tell of this event. Worth the read if you like history in general or WWII history.
Alice Kuhn
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
The untold story of one of the greatest maritime tragedies of World War II. At least seven thousand military personnel and civilians died when the Wilhem Gustoff, an ocean liner, was sunk by a Russian submarine in the Baltic Sea in 1945.
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