An adventure tale of World War I, a microcosm of the naval war in the Pacific and of Germany s dream of empire, "Cor""moran s "story is one of narrow escapes, heroic action, and human tragedy.The events leading up to "Cormoran s "appearance at Guam at the beginning of World War I and her internment and scuttling near the end of the war are here told by Charles Burdick, a noted military historian, who has pieced together the unpublished details of the gallant ship s last voyage and supplied the background of Germany s ...
An adventure tale of World War I, a microcosm of the naval war in the Pacific and of Germany s dream of empire, "Cor""moran s "story is one of narrow escapes, heroic action, and human tragedy.The events leading up to "Cormoran s "appearance at Guam at the beginning of World War I and her internment and scuttling near the end of the war are here told by Charles Burdick, a noted military historian, who has pieced together the unpublished details of the gallant ship s last voyage and supplied the background of Germany s aspirations in the Pacific, against which "Cormoran s "story unfolds.Relatively slow, with a high fuel consumption rate, light armament, and no armor she was scarcely a formidable naval unit. Balked at every turn by limited range and the specter of the enemy s superior forces, "Cormoran "never strikes the reader as a dangerous threat to allied shipping in the confused early days of the First World War. Rather, she is herself prey, running, hiding, Captain Zuckschwerdt using every stratagem to preserve his command. Finally, in the last year of the war "Cormoran "achieved her only distinction. After long years of internment at Guam by a neutral American government, never having fired her guns in anger, she was scuttled by her own crew in the first hostilities between Americans and Germans, her officers and men the first prisoners taken by American forces.Although "Cormoran "has not left any grandiose events for Mars s chronicles, her story is one of the few surviving accounts of World War I, and it gives us insight into the German dimensions of that war and furnishes us a historical vignette of the human drama of naval exploits."
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Fine in Fine dust jacket. 0809308991. Book and Dust Jacket are in FINE condition. Previous owners bookplate on front endpaper. Endflap is price clipped. 119 pages. Southern Illinois University Press. 1979. One of thousands of Military and Aviation books we have recently acquired from a personal library. Many in fine and like new condition. This copy is from the Library of Peter Paul Martinek, who was awarded the Navy Cross. Peter Paul Martinek, U. S. N. Citation: Navy Cross War: World War II Peter Paul Martinek, NC for heroism and courageous devotion to duty during the attack on the USS Marblehead by Japanese enemy bombers on February 10, 1942. Promptly upon the destruction of his station by a bomb explosion, Martinek, already sprinkled with powder, entered the wrecked and burning quarters for Chief Petty Officers, and despite complete darkness and smoke, removed exposed powder in the path of the fire, disposing of it over the side. Furthermore, he displayed initiative and skill in the fighting of fires and rescuing of the wounded. These qualities together with an utter disregard for his own personal safety contributed greatly to the saving of the ship for further war service and the saving of many lives. Mr. Martinek was the Legion of Valor National Commander 1955-1956. He resided in Arizona.; 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall; 119 pages.
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