In 1916, a nondescript freighter left Germany carrying 465 submarine mines, 16 torpedoes, eight cannons, 1,400 shells, a seaplane, and 346 men who believed they were embarking on a suicide mission. That ship became known to Allied forces as the Wolf, and by the time it returned to Germany more than a year later, it was home to more than 800 men, women, and children from 25 different nations, including its own crew.
Led by Captain Karl August Nerger, an honorable man who sank more than 30 Allied ships but spared the crews and passengers on board by taking them prisoner, the Wolf traveled 64,000 miles and remained at sea for 15 months without pulling into port. Capturing 400 prisoners, the Wolf became home to an extraordinary collection of humanity, from the secret lover of W. Somerset Maugham to a six-year-old American girl who was adopted as a mascot by the German crew. Forced to survive on plundered food, facing death from scurvy, and hunted by the combined navies of five Allied nations, the Germans and their prisoners came to share a close bond.
The Wolf is a gripping war narrative, painting a rich, detailed picture of a world profoundly shaped by global conflict.
©2010 Guilliatt, Richard and Hohnen, Peter (P)2010 Tantor
The Wolf would have been better if the sea journals of the seamen and captives been emphasized. There was far too much focus on the nations' (Australia, England, Japan) response to the raider. Focus on people, not governments!
Page's performance was superb. That wasn't the problem.
I was disappointed with how little time was given to the sea action.
Audible does a great job with its book offereings. This one fell short.
A very intruiging story. rarely covered in modern histories, this long story of naval raider activity in WWI is worthwhile.
I enjoyed this very much. It is taken to a degree from the Germans perspective. Most war books in English are from the American or an Anglo point of view. A war ship is disguised as a merchant ship, and for a year they travel the world to halt shipping to the allies. They raided or mined 23 ships in that period. They captured hundreds of enemy sailors along the way, but they applied the proper naval manners and I think they were gentleman raiders, if there is such a thing. When they ran out of coal they raided a ship, but handled the prisoners with dignity and respect. How the captain and crew managed to evade capture alone was quite a trick. I also found the narration perfect. If you are looking for a different point of view to WW I (outside of the trench) then this should be in your library.
The captain. He maintained such equanimity under such stressful circumstances.
All of them very good.
When the captains had to witness their ships being sunk. Very sad.
This is an excellent "listen."
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