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Beware Raiders! Kindle Edition
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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.
THE GERMANS HAD THINGS WELL ORGANISED PRIOR TO THE OUTBREAK OF WAR.
For what little I paid for it, this is a book you have to have in your collection.
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Well researched and very well written.