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The Longest Sortie: The Odyssey of the German East Asiatic Squadron

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The Longest Sortie: The Odyssey of the German East Asiatic Squadron
  • by Owen P. Hall Jr.
    • Merriam Press Historical Fiction HF7
      • First Edition 2014
      • 274 6x9-inch pages
      • 67 B&W photos
      • 2 illustrations
      • 9 maps
      • 14 appendices
      • 8 diagrams
      • 29 tables
When World War I commenced, Germany possessed the second largest battle fleet in the world. However, it was insufficient to overcome Germany’s inferior geographical position and England’s warship building capabilities. As a result, the scattered German cruiser forces that were deployed across the seas, at the start of the Great War, were left to fend for themselves. One man, Vice Admiral Max von Spee, commander of the German East Asiatic Squadron, came up with an ingenious plan to save his squadron and return it to Germany.
     This fictionalized telling of the German East Asiatic Squadron at the start of World War I, is factually accurate, including photos, maps, diagrams, tables and charts, providing a total picture of this aspect of the war at sea.

Contents
  • Prologue
  • Cast of Characters
  • Initial Deployments
  • First Blood
  • The Invisible War
  • Eastward Ho
  • Revenge at Sea
  • Action off La Araucana
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Heading North
  • Zeppelin LZ-31
  • Hinge of Fate
  • Appendix A: Asian Theater Order of Battle – 1 August 1914
  • Appendix B: Primary Combatants: Tale of the Tape (Western Pacific)
  • Appendix C: Support Forces: Tale of the Tape (Western Pacific)
  • Appendix D: Primary Combatants: Tale of the Tape (Eastern Pacific)
  • Appendix E: Support Forces: Tale of the Tape (Eastern Pacific)
  • Appendix F: Equivalent Naval Ranks (1914)
  • Appendix G: LZ-31 Specifications
  • Appendix H: U-38 Specifications
  • Appendix I: Gunnery Glossary
  • Appendix J: Cornell Battle Sequence
  • Appendix K: SMS Emden’s Victims
  • Appendix L: Optical Rangefinder Analysis
  • Appendix M: Signalbuch der Kaiserlichen Marine
  • Appendix N: Battle of the Falkland Islands

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