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

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

by James P. Duffy

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ISBN-13: 9780803266520
Publisher: UNP - Bison Books
Publication date: 05/28/2005
Pages: 222
Sales rank: 889,248
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

JAMES P. DUFFY is a writer specializing in military history. He is the author of 12 books, including Hitler Slept Late and other Blunders that Cost Him the War (Praeger, 1991), The Assassination of John F. Kennedy: A Complete Book of Facts with Vincent L. Ricci (1992), Target Hitler: The Plots to Kill Adolf Hitler with Vincent L. Ricci (Praeger, 1992), Czars: Russias Rulers for Over One Thousand Years with Vincent L. Ricci (1995), and Lincolns Admiral: The Civil War Campaigns of David Farragut (1997). is a writer specializing in military history. He is the author of 12 books, including two on World War II and one on the American Civil War.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Atlantis: "Under Ten Flags"

Orion: The Black Raider

Widder: The Ram

Thor: Deadly Banana Boat

Pinguin: The First Casualty

Komet: Thank You Stalin and Lenin

Kormoran: Duel to the Death

Michel: The Last Survivor

Stier: Sunk by a Liberty Ship

Appendix A: Identities of the Raiders

Appendix B: Technical Data

Appendix C: Armament Data

Appendix D: War Records of the Raiders

Appendix E: The Sydney Controversy

Bibliography

Index

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Hitler's Secret Pirate Fleet: The Deadliest Ships of World War II 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Zare on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is an interesting review of activities of nine German WW2 auxiliary cruisers that wreak havoc on Allied commercial routes together with their submersible brethren from the very beginning of hostilities to the end of the war. Surface commercial raiders, overhauled freighters and passenger liners that were heavily armed but alas (or better said fortunately) never heavily armored, were the greatest weapon (beside U-Boats) available to the Germans on the open seas. Book is full of interesting descriptions of captains, crews and ships and their actions. When crucial dates are mentioned small footnotes are available to describe [strategic] events that took place around that time so everything can be put in global context.Great book, very interesting topic.
Shrike58 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
While Muggenthaler's "German Raiders of World War II" still feels better written, Duffy's book has the virtues of being more readily available and being somewhat informed about the impact of World War II signals intelligence on the commerce raiders' war. Seeing as Duffy doesn't do much of a job of putting the whole enterprise in perspective, it's hard to manage great enthusiasm for this compendium of individual ship histories.