The british campaign in the baltic 1918 19 was a part of the allied intervention in the russian civil war the codename of the royal navy campaign was operation red trek the intervention played a key role in enabling the establishment of the independent states of estonia and latvia but failed to secure the control of petrograd by white russian forces which was one of the main goals of the campaign. The british baltic fleet and also known as the baltic squadron was a series of temporary or semi permanent fleets of the royal navy they were assembled for various naval operations in the baltic sea from 1658 to 1856 commanded by the commander in chief baltic fleet. Beginning with the appearance of the commonwealth ships at denmark in 1652 no british naval vessels indulged in violence in baltic waters until 1801 assuming that danish waters count as baltic from then until 1920 any european war involving britain brought ships of the royal navy to fight in the baltic but in no case. It considers in detail the major period of british involvement in the baltic during the napoleonic wars when the british navy fought the danes napoleons allies and was highly effective in ensuring swedens neutrality and russias change of allegiance
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