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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and comprehensive account of a WW1 commerce raider - meant for the general reader, 28 Feb 2011
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This review is from: The Wolf: A classic adventure story of how one ship took on the navies of the world in the First World War (Paperback)
Guilliatt and Hohnen have done a solid job of combining official reports, eye witness accounts and fragments from previously unpublished private memoirs into a fairly good read on the voyage of the Wolf - one of the most successful German commerce raiders of WW1.

In essence the book has sufficient detail to please the casually interested general reader as well as a hobby military historian, however the writing certainly skews in the direction to please the former. That means lots of personal accounts, a fairly comprehensive presentation of events surrounding the era in the 'hunting grounds' of the Wolf, etc. It certainly makes for a good read and I cannot say I found it dry or boring at any point. I can also understand how someone more interested in the military history aspects of the story could see some of the descriptions as superfluous.

The book, while mostly focused on the 'story' aspect, does provide drawings of the Wolf, two maps of the mission (a global one and a more detailed one for the period spent around Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific islands) and a selection of photographs from the mission. This makes it easy to follow the progress and while many of the difficulties of the mission can be seen from the writing, I can imagine that some readers could prefer a summary of these and an analysis of what could have been handled differently. As it is, one knows what was done and what challenges were faced but needs to look further / elsewhere to get an analysis of the case.

Overall a very good, enjoyable and informative read.
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