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Beware Raiders!: German Surface Raiders in the Second World War [Kindle Edition]

Bernard Edwards
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This is the fascinating story of two German surface raiders and the havoc they caused amongst Allied shipping in World War II. One was the 8-inch gun cruiser Admiral Hipper, fast, powerful and Navy-manned: the other a converted merchantman, Hansa Line's Kandelfels armed with a few old 5.9s manned largely by reservists, and sailing under the nom de guerre of Pinguin. Contrary to all expectations, the amateur man-of-war reaped a rich harvest and went out in a blaze of glory. Her purpose-built sister, on the other hand, was hard-pressed even to make her mark on the war and ended her days in ignominy. The author emphasises the striking contrast between the conduct of Ernst Kruder, captain of the Pinguin, whose concern it was to cause as little loss of life as possible, and the callous Captain Meisel of the Admiral Hipper, who has scant regard for the lives of the men whose ships he had sunk. Captain Edwards describes in detail Kruder's most audacious coup, the capture, rather than the sinking, of the entire Norwegian Antarctic whaling fleet, which he calls '"a disaster of major proportions". Equally disastrous was the havoc wreaked upon convoys HG53 and SLS 64 by the Admiral Hipper in the North Atlantic in February 1941.


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About the Author

Captain Bernard Edwards spent 37 years at sea with the Merchant Navy commanding ships trading worldwide. On retirement he settled in South West Wales to pursue his second career as a Naval historian. His knowledge of the sea and ships has enabled him to write a series of internationally recognised works.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 868 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword (15 Mar. 2001)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DN5VB6Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,432 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and informative. 17 Nov. 2013
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Accounts of the naval war of world war 2 are to me very interesting and this one was well written, the sort of book you find easy and enjoyable to read. I particularly like single ship accounts or books or articles about single events such as reading about the battle of the north cape, which i read immediately after this book about one Germany' s merchant ship raiders. The Penguin was the most successful of the German Navies raiders. She intercepted and captured two entire whaling fleets plus many others. In the end she was caught out by one of the Royal Navy's 8 inch cruisers and nearly pulled a stunning victory. This book has inspired me to look for other books about Germany's other merchant raiders. The rest of the book tells something of the career of the Admiral Hipper, which had a somewhat mixed career. This book is well worth the price and is a good read, enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 1 Oct. 2013
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There are not too many books around that are factual stories of about a little known part of WWII. This goes into great detail, without being boring. It doesn't take sides and all the horrors of war at sea are laid bare in this book.

For what little I paid for it, this is a book you have to have in your collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb facts 29 Nov. 2013
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Great read . The historical facts put you right there on board, Did not realise that raiders were used as far south as the antartic
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting but... 21 Nov. 2013
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An interesting account of its topic. However, it is another example of quite a few military history books that I have unwittingly bought on Kindle that are "padded-out" with "recreational" writing that are clearly imaginative, not factually accountable and surely cannot fairly or respectfuuly sit side by side with the sobering facts of actual events.
The author is of course wholly sincere in his acknowledgement of the tragedy of the scale of human loss in this aspect of WW2 naval history.
Factually most interesting, but this style of "history" writing does not sit easily with me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A story that might surprise you... 14 April 2015
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This is an interesting book; a simple comparison between the story of a powerful ship of the German Navy and that of a converted merchant ship fulfilling a similar role.
The Admiral Hipper was a powerful cruiser, yet, like much of the German navy, achieved little of consequence throughout the entire war.
The Pinguin was a converted merchantman which wreaked havoc in the Indian and Atlantic Oceans whilst operating, including the capture of the entire Norwegian whaling fleet.
The book goes into considerable detail about the life of the Pinguin. The details about the Admiral Hipper are fewer, but I suppose she did achieve less. What the book doesn't do - although, to be fair, it does not claim to - is put the differences between the two ships into the greater picture. The Admiral Hipper was indicative of the whole German surface fleet, spending the majority of her life hiding in port. I think it would have added to the narrative to use the differences between these ships to look a bit wider.
Nevertheless, if you are interested in naval warfare, this book will interest you. We tend to think only of submarines when we talk about German naval campaigns in WW2; this book shows that there were other things going on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars somethings missing 21 Nov. 2013
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I was really enjoying this book, then halfway through sentences went missing at the end of the page, I reduced the font to smallest and realised that up to three sentences were missing, tends to spoil the flow of the story, anyone else noticed this or is it my Kindle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a tribute to the merchant navy 16 Oct. 2013
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very interesting book , makes you understand the courage of the unsung men of the merchant navy who gave so much with little recognition
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4.0 out of 5 stars no mercy 6 Oct. 2013
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this type of warfare was to some degree carried out by the allies against u-boats in the form of q ships but the Kriegsmarine seem to have got it down to a fine art.The ability to meet up with supply vessels in the middle of the ocean and to travel vast distances shows superior navigational skills and a willingness to fight for your country for very long periods of time.Very interesting subject but I never forget that they were dealing out death and misery on a large scale with absolutely no compunction about sinking unarmed merchant ships crewed by non-combatants. Very interesting to note that the Norwegians at that stage in the war were more than happy to co-operate with the raiders.Recommend this to people with an interest in the actual global scale of ww2
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great read, full of facts but written like a proper novel, thoroughly enjoyed the book, would recommend this to anyone interested in the second world war.
Published 1 month ago by fsam
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
A very detail read ,very informative a good read .
Published 2 months ago by uel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Well written and a fascinating story.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Enjoyed a lot
Published 3 months ago by Robert Beale
5.0 out of 5 stars Very readable book serving as an excellent introduction to the...
Very readable book serving as an excellent introduction to the effectiveness of the German Surface Raider strategy.
Published 3 months ago by Ian Weeks
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good read
Published 4 months ago by ivor turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very interesting book about the surface raiders
Published 4 months ago by Frederick Hedley
4.0 out of 5 stars It told the stories of ordinary British and Comonwealth sailors ...
It told the stories of ordinary British and Comonwealth sailors and how they suffered and died at tha hands of the Nazis, stories not often writen about
Published 6 months ago by P. H. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars a very good read
A very gripping and thought provoking read of what happened during WW2 to the merchant shipping fleet and the bravery shown by all the seaman both merchant and Royal Navy
Published 6 months ago by Arthur Vowles
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
A good account with easy reading style
Published 7 months ago by fairwinds
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