Emden

By: Hellmuth von Mucke

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Book Condition: Collectible - Very Good


Signed by the author on half title page. 151. bis 200. Tsd. No date noted (Circa 1915) No marks or writing observed in text. Binding tight and square. Text in German - Gently read. . . . . . . . . . . If you are not already familiar with the story of the Imperial German light cruiser, SMS Emden called the Swan of the East, you may want to begin with one of the several books relating the history of this German raider. The Emden story is notable not just because of her success as a raider, but because the Captain, officers and crew conducted their war in as chivalrous a fashion as possible. They earned the admiration of friends and foes. They have been called the last gentlemen of war. They did behave as gentlemen, if not really the last warriors to do so. The 1914 piece in The Times, The End of The Emden, is worth noting in this regard. It is easily found on the web by its title. The author of this account of the Emden's last landing party, Hellmuth von Mucke, was the first lieutenant and executive officer of the Emden. He also wrote a well written, interesting history of the Emden herself. On the 9th of November, 1914, the Emden arrived at Direction Island to destroy the communication station and cables. The landing party was commanded by Lieutenant von Mucke. As he and his men worked to destroy the communication center, HMAS Sydney arrived on the scene. Captain von Muller was forced to leave the landing party behind as he sailed to engage and attempt to evade the significantly more powerful Australian cruiser. The landing party, consisting of three officers, six nco's and thirty eight enlisted men seized an abandoned, rotting and partially dismantled top sail schooner to attempt to escape and return to Germany via the Indian Ocean, Arabia and Turkey. Only one of three water tanks was uncontaminated. The British crew of the communication station provided them with as much food as they could. Armed only with M88 and M98 rifles, a few handguns and four machine guns they set sail in their leaking craft with malfunctioning pumps. The book is a lively account of the perilous, difficult journey to freedom by the last of the Emden's men. For some reason, perhaps because of the war time publishing, von Mucke mentions very few officers or men by name. However, he draws a good picture of them as a group. -- Charles van Buren

Title: Emden

Author Name: Hellmuth von Mucke

Categories: WWI,

Publisher: Druck und Verlag von August Scherl: 1915

ISBN Number: 281BNB1003690

Size: Hardcover

Book Condition: Collectible - Very Good

Inscription: Signed By Author

Seller ID: 79334