False Flags : Disguised German Raiders of World War II – A talk by Stephen Robinson, author

When: Tuesday, 20 June 2017 at 6:00 pm

Where: Combined Services Club

False Flags is the story of German raider voyages to the South Seas during the early years of World War II. In 1940 the raiders Orion, Komet, Pinguin and Kormoran left Germany and waged a ‘pirate war’ in the South Seas – part of Germany’s strategy to attack the British Empire’s maritime trade on a global scale. Their extraordinary voyages spanned the globe and are maritime sagas in the finest tradition of seafaring. The four raiders voyaged across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans as well as the Arctic and Antarctic. They sank or captured 62 ships in a forgotten naval war that Stephen has told for the first time.

False Flags is also the story of the Allied sailors who encountered these raiders and fought suicidal battles against a superior foe as well as the men, women and children who endured captivity on board the raiders as prisoners of the Third Reich.

Author Stephen Robinson is an officer in the Australian Army Reserve who has also taught at the Royal Military College. He studied Asian history and politics before working at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, researching British atomic weapons tests.


Combined Services Club, 5/7 Barrack Street, Sydney, Level 3


Public transport is recommended.  The only parking in the area is pay parking.


Gather in the level 3 lounge area from 05:00 pm.  Presentation  from 06:00 pm


Members are welcome to partake of the Clubs bar and snack facilities.


Contact David Michael,  02 93592372  (Tuesday and Thursday)

Non-members are welcome.  Please advise us in advance.

Phone or e-mail: secretary@navyhistory.org.au

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