False Flags tells the epic untold story of German raider voyages to the South Seas during the early years of World War II. In 1940 the raiders Orion, Komet, Pinguin, and Kormoran left Germany and waged a "pirate war" in the South Seas as part of Germany's strategy to attack the British Empire's maritime trade on a global scale. Their extraordinary voyages spanned the globe and are maritime sagas in the finest tradition of seafaring.
The four raiders voyaged across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans as well as the Arctic and Antarctic. They sank or captured 62 ships in a forgotten naval war that is now being told in its entirety for the first time. The Orion and Komet terrorised the South Pacific and New Zealand waters before Pearl Harbor when the war was supposed to be far away. The Pinguin sank numerous Allied merchant ships in the Indian Ocean before mining the approaches to Australian ports and capturing the Norwegian whaling fleet in Antarctica. The Kormoran raided the Atlantic but will always be remembered for sinking the Australian cruiser Sydney off Western Australia, killing all 645 sailors on board in tragic circumstances.
False Flags is also the story of the Allied sailors who encountered these raiders and fought suicidal battles against a superior foe as well as the men, women and children who endured captivity on board the raiders as prisoners of the Third Reich. False Flags is an engrossing tale that will appeal to not only military experts, but also to anyone interested in Maritime History.
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.
Introduction 1 The raiders prepare 2 The Orion's Atlantic war 3 The Hauraki Gulf operation 4 The Pinguin's first victories 5 The Northeast Passage 6 The Tasman Raider 7 The Far East Squadron 8 The Australian minefields 9 The Indian Ocean pursuit 10 Nauru and the phosphate ships 11 Hilfskreuzer Kormoran 12 The castaways of Emirau Island 13 Von Luckner, spies and the fifth column 14 Return to Nauru and intrigue in Japan 15 The raider war in Antarctica 16 The Kormoran in the Atlantic 17 Remote encounters and the islands of despair 18 Tanker hunt in the Arabian Sea 19 A new operational area 20 The voyage of the Adjutant 21 Destination Bordeaux 22 The Galapagos Islands raider 23 Encounter off Shark Bay 24 The Kormoran-Sydney battle 25 The fleet of lifeboats Epilogue Appendixes: the raiders Glossary Notes Bibliography Index