Kriegsmarine Auxiliary Cruisers

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This book describes and illustrates the disguised German commerce-raiders of 1940-43, which haunted the sea-lanes all over the world from the Atlantic to the South Pacific, like the privateers of old. Ships such as the Orion, Atlantis and Pinguin - converted merchantmen with heavy concealed armament and on-board spotter aircraft - refuelled at secret rendezvous and sometimes stayed at sea for well over a year, playing havoc with Allied freighters and tankers. The exploits of some raider captains became legendary,...
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Overview

This book describes and illustrates the disguised German commerce-raiders of 1940-43, which haunted the sea-lanes all over the world from the Atlantic to the South Pacific, like the privateers of old. Ships such as the Orion, Atlantis and Pinguin - converted merchantmen with heavy concealed armament and on-board spotter aircraft - refuelled at secret rendezvous and sometimes stayed at sea for well over a year, playing havoc with Allied freighters and tankers. The exploits of some raider captains became legendary, and between them they sank nearly 800,000 tons of Allied shipping, in return for a relatively tiny investment. The story of their cruises, successful and ill-fated, is illustrated here with rare wartime photographs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846033339
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/21/2009
  • Series: New Vanguard Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 957,294
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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