Hitler's Secret Pirate Fleet: The Deadliest Ships of World War II

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"They were the deadliest ships of World War II - nine German commerce raiders disguised as peaceful cargo ships, flying the flags of neutral and allied nations. In reality, these heavily armed warships roamed the world's oceans at will, like 20th-century pirates. They struck unsuspecting freighters and tankers out of the darkness of night or from behind a curtain of fog and mist. For almost three years they led the Royal Navy on a deadly chase from sea to sea, seeding Allied ports with hundreds of mines and, on one occasion, even bombarding a
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Overview

"They were the deadliest ships of World War II - nine German commerce raiders disguised as peaceful cargo ships, flying the flags of neutral and allied nations. In reality, these heavily armed warships roamed the world's oceans at will, like 20th-century pirates. They struck unsuspecting freighters and tankers out of the darkness of night or from behind a curtain of fog and mist. For almost three years they led the Royal Navy on a deadly chase from sea to sea, seeding Allied ports with hundreds of mines and, on one occasion, even bombarding a shore installation."--BOOK JACKET.
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Editorial Reviews

The NYMAS Review
“Provides a concise, but surprisingly comprehensive account of the raider’s operations, setting them within the larger context of war by means of clever short side-bars…An interesting book for anyone interested in the war at sea.”—The NYMAS Review
Pirates and Privateers

“This book is not for pirate fans per se, but for those who want to see how others took the tactics pirates used and implemented them during a war. Those interested in World War II naval operations will also want to read these accounts. Each chapter includes a map showing the location of where prizes were taken and short sidebars that relate events elsewhere.”—Cindy Vallar, Pirates and Privateers

— Cindy Vallar

Pirates and Privateers - Cindy Vallar
“This book is not for pirate fans per se, but for those who want to see how others took the tactics pirates used and implemented them during a war. Those interested in World War II naval operations will also want to read these accounts. Each chapter includes a map showing the location of where prizes were taken and short sidebars that relate events elsewhere.”—Cindy Vallar, Pirates and Privateers
Booknews
During World War II, the German Navy relied on two types of vessels to challenge the British Royal Navy: U-boats and disguised surface raiders. The latter, known officially as Auxiliary Cruisers, went to sea camouflaged as peaceful cargo boats but hid a powerful array of weapons which they used to attack unsuspecting targets. This text provides detailed descriptions of each of the nine raiders, presented in chronological order based on the date each first sailed. Duffy is a writer specializing in military history. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803266520
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

James P. Duffy is a writer and lecturer. His previous books include Target America: Hitler’s Plan to Attack the United States.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Atlantis: "Under Ten Flags" 1
2 Orion: The Black Raider 35
3 Widder: The Ram 65
4 Thor: Deadly Banana Boat 77
5 Pinguin: The First Casualty 105
6 Komet: Thank You Stalin and Lenin 125
7 Kormoran: Duel to the Death 143
8 Michel: The Last Survivor 165
9 Stier: Sunk by a Liberty Ship 183
App. A Identities of the Raiders 201
App. B: Technical Data 203
App. C: Armament Data 205
App. D War Records of the Raiders 207
App. E The Sydney Controversy 209
Bibliographic Essay 211
Index 213
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