The Last Corsair: The Story of the Emden

The Last Corsair: The Story of the Emden

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by Dan Van Der Vat
     
 

"In the opening months of the First World War, a lone German cruiser managed to defy three of the world's mightiest navies. Detached from Rear-Admiral Graf von Spee's squadron, the Emden terrorised the Indian Ocean, disrupting shipping and delaying troop movements. In just three months, she was responsible for sinking sixteen merchant ships and two warships, as well… See more details below

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"In the opening months of the First World War, a lone German cruiser managed to defy three of the world's mightiest navies. Detached from Rear-Admiral Graf von Spee's squadron, the Emden terrorised the Indian Ocean, disrupting shipping and delaying troop movements. In just three months, she was responsible for sinking sixteen merchant ships and two warships, as well as shelling Madras and raiding Penang harbour. It took seventy-eight warships to hunt her down, yet even after she was shelled to pieces and run aground by an Australian cruiser, her crew would not surrender. Aboard a stolen schooner, the First Lieutenant led fifty sailors on one of the greatest of all wartime escapes, first crossing the Red Sea, then making their way through the Arabian desert, on to Constantinople and finally back to Germany." "So great was the reputation of the Emden and her crew that even the British press expressed relief over the survival of the captain and so many of her crew. The story of Germany's most successful battlecruiser is one of heroism, chivalry and adventure, brought to life in The Last Corsair."--BOOK JACKET.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Released in 1985 and 1983, respectively, these volumes recount two of Germany's most remarkable naval stories. Corsair reveals the story of the ship Emdeni, which was the scourge of the Indian Ocean during World War I. Three countries sent a combined force of 78 ships to sink the vessel. When the ship was finally scuttled, the remaining officers and crew incredibly managed to steal another boat and make a getaway across the Red Sea, eventually returning home to Germany. The Ship That Changed the World was the Goeben, whose captain managed to elude British and French forces in order to bring Turkey into the war. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781841580616
Publisher:
Birlinn, Limited
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Series:
Military History Ser.
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

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