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Axis Blockade Runners of World War II

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"On the surface of things it is a short book, as there is only 141 pages of real text - BUT it is clear that author worked hard to edit and polish this book as much as he could and the result is that those 141 pages are packed with hard data. This book treats the subject very comprehensively and there is NO filler at all. Every line in this book was put to good use, as it was done on Axis submarine blockade runners, which carried even their food supplies in pure zinc containers, to be recycled for the needs of war once arrived to Bordeaux...

The book is also very well written - it is NOT a dry account or a log of blockade runners leaving and coming back. Author took care to make the narration interesting and especially include some very real anecdotes. Some of the latter are hilarious like a failed romance between the very male pet bulldog of a British destroyer crew and a "POW" female dachshund belonging to the German crew of a captured blockade runner - either by patriotism or by concern for racial purity the valiant little female dachshund put the huge bulldog to sickbay, for the rest of the patrol...))) Other anecdotes are heartbreaking, like the killing of a little French girl on board of a searched suspect ship (not an Axis blockade runner) by a trigger happy British officer...

I learned a lot from this book, including some crucial numbers: on 3 September 1939 there were 2466 German ships out of their native waters and in June 1940 there was similarly 1235 Italian ships in open sea or neutral ports. Of course not all of them became blockade-runners but each one which managed to come back to an Axis held port brought something usable for war effort."

Book as tanned pages but is securely bound with covers and dust jacket in good condition.Printed in 1981

Item details

Added value:
1st edition
Author(s):
Martin Brice
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
24 x 16.2 x 1.8 cm
Edition:
1st
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0713426861
ISBN-13:
9780713426861
Number of pages:
159
Publisher:
Batsford

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"On the surface of things it is a short book, as there is only 141 pages of real text - BUT it is clear that author worked hard to edit and polish this book as much as he could and the result is that those 141 pages are packed with hard data. This book treats the subject very comprehensively and there is NO filler at all. Every line in this book was put to good use, as it was done on Axis submarine blockade runners, which carried even their food supplies in pure zinc containers, to be recycled for the needs of war once arrived to Bordeaux...

The book is also very well written - it is NOT a dry account or a log of blockade runners leaving and coming back. Author took care to make the narration interesting and especially include some very real anecdotes. Some of the latter are hilarious like a failed romance between the very male pet bulldog of a British destroyer crew and a "POW" female dachshund belonging to the German crew of a captured blockade runner - either by patriotism or by concern for racial purity the valiant little female dachshund put the huge bulldog to sickbay, for the rest of the patrol...))) Other anecdotes are heartbreaking, like the killing of a little French girl on board of a searched suspect ship (not an Axis blockade runner) by a trigger happy British officer...

I learned a lot from this book, including some crucial numbers: on 3 September 1939 there were 2466 German ships out of their native waters and in June 1940 there was similarly 1235 Italian ships in open sea or neutral ports. Of course not all of them became blockade-runners but each one which managed to come back to an Axis held port brought something usable for war effort."

Book as tanned pages but is securely bound with covers and dust jacket in good condition.Printed in 1981

Added value:
1st edition
Author(s):
Martin Brice
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
24 x 16.2 x 1.8 cm
Edition:
1st
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0713426861
ISBN-13:
9780713426861
Number of pages:
159
Publisher:
Batsford

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