Your Favorite Surface Raider of WWI??

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Moewe,The Phantom Raider

Post by Edward L. Hsiao » 05 Feb 2004 23:42

Gentlemen!

I believe that the famous raider Moewe had captured or sank Russians ships in the Baltic and they weren't included in her score of nearly 40 ships that she sunk mainly in the North Sea and the Atlantic. So Moewe was the most successful commerce destroyer of World War I. So like David, I tend to think that Moewe was my favorite surface raider. My favorite regular German warship of WWI is undoubtfully the Emden! :)

Sincerely,

Edward :)

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Post by David C. Clarke » 06 Feb 2004 00:35

Hi Edward! Yes, Mowe made three cruises in the Baltic and sank at least one ship.

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Post by Oleg Grigoryev » 06 Feb 2004 00:53

Novik :P

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Post by David C. Clarke » 06 Feb 2004 03:06

Novik, Oleg? :D :D

Novik gets my vote as the most beautiful cruiser in the Tsar's navy. And, truth be told, her exploits at Port Arthur and after Tsushima were glorius!!
A fine ship and a fine crew.
If you ever run across it, there is a book "The "Novik" by Lieutenant A.P.Steer, published in 1913 about her. Lt. Steer joined Novik's crew in December 1903 and was with her unitl her sinking. Unfortunately, he was killed in the mutiny aboard his command, the destroyer Skory, in 1907.
If this comes out, this is my desktop image right now:

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Post by adrian » 06 Feb 2004 21:41

Come on gents! Derrfflinger has to be my favourite German warship of all - its just a great name! :lol:

Adrian

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Post by David C. Clarke » 07 Feb 2004 01:59

So Adrian, what do you think--if the Germans had went raiding with a 27 knot battlecruiser instead of a 23 knot light cruiser? If Derfflinger were roaming the Indian and Pacific oceans, would it have made a difference?

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Post by Kaan Caglar » 07 Feb 2004 22:39

Hi everyone,
My choice is Emden too,as I read The Last Cruise of the Emden by Edwin R. Hoyt
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Kaan

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Post by Abdul Hadi Pasha » 16 Feb 2004 18:51

David C. Clarke wrote:So Adrian, what do you think--if the Germans had went raiding with a 27 knot battlecruiser instead of a 23 knot light cruiser? If Derfflinger were roaming the Indian and Pacific oceans, would it have made a difference?

Best Regards, David


If Derfflinger had been in Emden's place she would have run out of coal and become a sitting duck, not to mention that problem that feeding that huge crew would have been.

If history has taught us anything, it is that small, simple ships make the best raiders.

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