Hardcover book (with dust jacket). 270 pages.
Stock Number: 0168
Recounts one of the 20th century's strangest and most stirring sea adventures -- the successful round-the-globe expedition of the World War I German commerce raider and minelayer Wolf
. Breaking the Allied blockade, and disguised as a merchant ship, it sank 135,000 tons of Allied shipping. No German surface raider was more successful than the auxiliary cruiser Wolf
. The unimposing steamer was armed with seven 5.9 guns and four torpedo tubes -- all ingeniously camouflaged.
For 15 months it fought a brilliant campaign, capturing more than two dozen enemy steamers, taking prisoner their experienced crews, then sending their ships to the bottom. During that time the raider shunned all ports, seizing fuel and food from the ships it took on the high seas, slipping through heavily patrolled waters again and again to score victories and spread panic from New Zealand to Brazil.
Her story, as told by an Australian radio operator who spent nine months as a captive on board the Wolf
, is a tale of seamanship, courage and chivalry unique in the annals of warfare. Unparalleled wartime adventure on the high seas!