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The Odyssey of the Komet


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Olivier Pigoreau, author of Nom de code Atlas (Nouveau Monde editions, 2011) and co-author of Bad Reichenhall (Grancher, 2010), offers a new perspective on German repression in France, evoking the day to day life of its players.


...includes an introduction by Max Moulin, a retired naval officer active in French maritime history associations...While much has been published on the famous German commerce raiders, what distinguishes this volume is the stunning photography, roughly 200 images taken during the ship's 1940-1941 deployment that are believed to have been made by the ship's senior medical officer. Candid, high-quality images make this a truly remarkable "cruise book", giving an intimate and extensive view of the ship, its crew, and its activities never before seen in such detail, all the more remarkable for the clandestine nature of the ship's activity and its early destruction at the outset of a second deployment soon afterwards. "--Warship International
"The author's previously mentioned introduction should be noted as one of the best written on the subject, useful for a popular audience as well as professional scholars. One memorable example is the statistic that, on average, German armed merchant cruisers sank 90,000 tons per ship while U-boats averaged only 15,000 tons apiece ... photographs were a great find and they are now presented in an easy-to-access manner for anyone interested in the topic. Readers from all backgrounds will enjoy this book and specialists in the field should be pleasantly surprised. It is a recommended read and a chance to "step back aboard."--The Northern Mariner

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