Kaiser's Merchant Ships in World War I

Kaiser's Merchant Ships in World War I

by William Lowell Putnam
     
 

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Germany's merchant Marine fleet—the second largest in the world prior to 1914—played an unintended but decisive role in that nation's defeat in World War I. There were those ships that went to war for the Kaiser on the high seas, those that stayed at home or otherwise played no significant part in the conflict, and those which were commandeered (mostly in

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Germany's merchant Marine fleet—the second largest in the world prior to 1914—played an unintended but decisive role in that nation's defeat in World War I. There were those ships that went to war for the Kaiser on the high seas, those that stayed at home or otherwise played no significant part in the conflict, and those which were commandeered (mostly in 1917 and by the United States) and used against Germany. This is a well illustrated history, both practical and romantic, of the association each ship may have had with famous people and events of the war, and of the fates of the ships that comprised that fleet.

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a prodigious amount of research...well illustrated...interesting and useful
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Putnam (trustee, Lowell Observatory) describes the role of the German merchant marine fleet in World War I. He discusses the relationship between the fleet and the events of the war, and tells what happened to particular ships. He identifies those ships which went overseas to war, those captured by the United States and used against Germany, and those that sat the war out. An appendix lists the name, owner, year built, gross reg tons, location on 8-3-14, and the year of demise for numerous ships in the fleet. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786409235
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
07/11/2001
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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