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Kriegsmarine Auxiliary Cruisers

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Kriegsmarine Auxiliary Cruisers by Ian Palmer
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Despite the popularity of the U-boats and larger surface vessels like the "Bismarck" and the "Graf Spree," the vast majority of vessels within the Kriegsmarine served in the coastal forces. Though the public may generally have forgotten these smaller ships, many gave crucial service during the war and continued to serve decades after VE day, either in the German Navy or in the navies of the victorious Allies. Indeed, Kriegsmarine minesweepers and their German crews, still in their old uniforms with the swastikas simply removed, continued to serve after 1945 under the control of the Royal Navy, engaged in the dangerous but necessary task of clearing old wartime minefields. The ships and boats included in the coastal forces ranged from such minesweepers to torpedo boats, patrol boats and blockade breakers. These latter were merchant vessels, whose daunting task was to evade the Allied warships to bring essential supplies into Germany. Also included in the coastal forces was Hitler's personal yacht, the "Ostwind," This book tells the often-forgotten story of the vessels that formed the backbone of the Kriegsmarine, and combines fascinating anecdotes, detailed technical information, and full-color artwork.
Release date NZ
April 2nd, 2009
Author
Pages
48
Illustrations
Illustrations (some col.)
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Osprey Publishing
Dimensions
184x248x5
ISBN-13
9781846033339
Product ID
2741913

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