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False Flags: Disguised German Raiders of World War II Hardcover – August 15, 2016
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"This is a book that works superbly on all levels - giving both the admiralties' ocean-wide perspectives, as well as insight into the minds of the captains of the ships involved."- Prof. Peter Stanley, award-winning historian, UNSW Canberra
"Stephen Robinson brings alive the stories of the ships, the men and their victims. Drawing on a range of primary and secondary sources, Robinson engagingly tells the most complete story of these ships. False Flags sings with stories of the last age of independent action at sea, and in many cases of chivalry."- Gavin McLean, Senior Historian, NZ Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Stephen Robinson studied Asian history and politics at the University of Western Sydney, graduating with First Class Honours. He has worked at the Department of Veterans' Affairs researching British atomic weapons tests and as a policy officer in the Department of Defence. Stephen Robinson is also an officer in the Australian Army Reserve and has served as an instructor at the Royal Military College. He also graduated from Australian Command and Staff College.
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With that caveat in hand, the book is utterly fascinating. It is a brilliant, detailed, and highly-researched recounting of how the German raiders operated off of Australia and New Zealand, the damage they did, how they were sunk or otherwise disposed of, at the operational and human levels. It is not just "arrows on a map," it is a story of men of both sides pitting themselves against an unforgiving sea and enemy, with valor and humor. It shows the importance of individuals and teamwork to man ships in battle and dangerous weather, and also displays occasional glimpses of chivalry and humanity amid the squalor and horror of war.
Any serious student of World War II should read this fascinating story
The subject of the german surface raiders has always interested me and I found this book to be another fascinating read on the subject. Was not to introductory or patronizing and provided enough meat on the boats that are covered to make it a welcome edition to my library.