Masquerading as unarmed merchantmen, the raiders carried an awesome array of weapons cleverly hidden behind false structures and concealed inside empty packing crates on their decks. They fed off their unsuspecting targets, pumping fuel from their prey into their own tanks and taking food from captured pantries to feed their own crews and the thousands of prisoners that they picked up along the way. These secret ships also acted as supply ships for U-boats, helping their fellow hunters remain at large for longer periods. At sea for months-or even years-those raider sailors lucky enough to survive were hailed as heroes when they returned home.
In this fascinating and high-tension account of the German Navy's "pirate" fleet, James P. Duffy provides detailed descriptions of each of the nine raiders, presented in chronological order based on the date each ship first sailed, revealing a significant but little-known aspect of World War II naval history
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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James P. Duffy is a writer and lecturer. His previous books include Target America: Hitler’s Plan to Attack the United States.
Table of Contents
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