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False Flags : Disguised German Raiders of World War II - Stephen Robinson

False Flags

Disguised German Raiders of World War II

Hardcover Published: 1st August 2016
ISBN: 9781925335156
Number Of Pages: 368

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False Flags tells the epic untold story of German raider voyages to the South Seas during the early years of World War II. In 1940 the raiders Orion, Komet, Pinguin and Kormoran left Germany and waged a ‘pirate war’ in the South Seas part of Germany’s strategy to attack the British Empire’s maritime trade on a global scale.

Their extraordinary voyages spanned the globe and are maritime sagas in the finest tradition of seafaring. The four raiders voyaged across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans as well as the Arctic and Antarctic. They sank or captured 62 ships in a forgotten naval war that is now being told in its entirety for the first time. The Orion and Komet terrorised the South Pacific and New Zealand waters before Pearl Harbor when the war was supposed to be far away.

The Pinguin sank numerous Allied merchant ships in the Indian Ocean before mining the approaches to Australian ports and capturing the Norwegian whaling fleet in Antarctica. The Kormoran raided the Atlantic but will always be remembered for sinking the Australian cruiser Sydney off Western Australia, killing all 645 sailors on board in tragic circumstances.

False Flags is also the story of the Allied sailors who encountered these raiders and fought suicidal battles against a superior foe as well as the men, women and children who endured captivity on board the raiders as prisoners of the Third Reich.

About the Author

Stephen Robinson studied Asian history and politics at the University of Western Sydney, graduating with First Class Honours. He has worked at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs researching British atomic weapons tests and as a policy officer in the Department of Defence. Stephen Robinson is also an officer in the Australian Army Reserve and has served as an instructor at the Royal Military College. He also graduated from Australian Command and Staff College.

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"This is a fascinating book. The story is well supported by historic photographs, maps and the use of eyewitness reports."

1 The raiders prepare
2 The Orion's Atlantic war
3 The Hauraki Gulf operation
4 The Pinguin's first victories
5 The Northeast Passage
6 The Tasman Raider
7 The Far East Squadron
8 The Australian minefields
9 The Indian Ocean pursuit
10 Nauru and the phosphate ships
11 Hilfskreuzer Kormoran
12 The castaways of Emirau Island
13 Von Luckner, spies and the fifth column
14 Return to Nauru and intrigue in Japan
15 The raider war in Antarctica
16 The Kormoran in the Atlantic
17 Remote encounters and the islands of despair
18 Tanker hunt in the Arabian Sea
19 A new operational area
20 The voyage of the Adjutant
21 Destination Bordeaux
22 The Galapagos Islands raider
23 Encounter off Shark Bay
24 The Kormoran-Sydney battle
25 The fleet of lifeboats
Appendixes: the raiders

ISBN: 9781925335156
ISBN-10: 1925335151
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st August 2016
Publisher: Exisle Publishing eBooks
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.1  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.94
Edition Number: 2

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