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The Cruise of the Raider "Wolf'

Alexander, Roy

Editorial: Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1939
Condición: VG+ Encuadernación de tapa dura
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In WWI the German armed merchant raider "Wolf" was one of the most succeessful of these ships commissioned by the German Navy during that conflict. In an operational voyage extending from November 1916 to February 1918 the ship sailed 68,000 miles over the world's oceans, capturing, sinking with gun-fire or by mines, 14 ships totalling 135,000 tons. Wolf was the only German naval vessel to operate in Australian and New Zealand waters and six ships were sunk in their waters or in the South Pacific. Wolf was also notable for breaking the British blockade twice, when leaving and returning to Germany. The author, a New Zealander, was a radio operator aboard the USSCo's Wairuna which was seized by the raider in the Kermadec Islands in June 1917 while on a voyage NZ to San Francisco and he remained a prisoner aboard Wolf for the last nine months of its mission. Except for the opening chapters his account of the raider's voyage is based largely on his experiences and observation of what must be acknowledged as an outstanding raiding mission in a coverted cargo ship. Wolf was launched as the Wachtfels for the Hansa Line in 1913. She was 5809 gross tons, with a speed of 11 knots, 419 feet long, 56 foot beam and a draft of 29.6 feet. When commissioned as a raider the ship was fitted with seven. 5.9in guns, four torpedo tubes and 458 mines. She carried one small seaplane and a crew of about 400. After the war the ship was allocated to France and served as a passenger steamer until 1931, sailing between France and its South Pacific territories. First edition of 1939, 334 pages, colour tone folded voyage map at front. Green hard covers with gilt spine titles are VG+ with light bruising to spine extremities and a light, narrow fade band at spine top. The text block is excellent with light sprinkle foxing to FEPs. Original copies of this book with its colour art DJ complete are rare. In this case the VG jacket is incomplete with the front panel fully intact, part of the spine is missing a small section at rear side and spine base. The missing rear panel has been replaced with white paper. The colour art on the front panel and spine area depicts the stern of a sinking ship with the Wolf's seaplane overhead. Size: 20cm By 14.5cm. N° de ref. de la librería 005072

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Título: The Cruise of the Raider "Wolf'

Editorial: Angus and Robertson, Sydney

Año de publicación: 1939

Encuadernación: Hard Cover

Ilustrador: Folded Map

Condición del libro:VG+

Condición de la sobrecubierta: VG

Edición: 1st.

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