BEWARE RAIDERS ! GERMAN SURFACE RAIDERS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR.

Edwards, Bernard.


£25.00




Barnsley, 1st.ed., 2001. 216 pp., 18 photo-plates & 2 maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. The story of two very different German surface raiders of WWII ' the 8-inch gun cruiser ADMIRAL HIPPER and the ex. Hansa Line cargo steamer that became the PINGUIN. The former vessel was manned by regular sailors of the German Navy, had little impact, and ended her days in ignominy at the hands of the RAF. The converted merchantman, however, with a few 5.9" guns and manned largely by amateur reservists, wreaked havoc amongst Allied shipping in the Indian and Southern Oceans ' including capturing the entire Norwegian Atlantic Whaling Fleet - before being brought to account by HMS CORNWALL and sunk. The two raiders differed in another respect. Captain Ernst Kruder of the PINGUIN did all he could to spare the crews of his victims, whilst Captain Meisel of the HIPPER gave them scant regard. CONTRASTING CAREERS OF THE GERMAN RAIDERS PINGUIN AND ADMIRAL HIPPER DURING WWII.


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