The Altmark Affair (British title 'The Navy's Here!')

By: Frischauer, Willi; Robert Jackson

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Nice Firm Clean copy ! Light general wear. Jacket has edge wear, short tears. 255 pages. Altmark was a German oil tanker and supply vessel. She is best known for her support of the German commerce raider, Admiral Graf Spee and her subsequent involvement in the 'Altmark Incident'. Seamen rescued from the ships sunk by Admiral Graf Spee were transferred to Altmark. Altmark attempted to return to Germany, steaming around the north of Great Britain and then within the Norwegian littoral. Late on 16 February 1940 in J°ssingfjord she was fired upon while the Norwegian Navy stood by and took no action save for raising a protest flag. The German tanker then received a boarding party from HMS Cossack. An attack by one belligerent upon its enemy in neutral waters is a breach of neutrality, in this case a breach of Norwegian neutrality by Britain. The problem the British Government faced was the wording of The Hague Convention XIII of 1907 to which it was a signatory. This meant that the Altmark was within its rights to sail through Norwegian waters with prisoners aboard providing that it did not come to a protracted stop longer than 24 hours. The question remains unresolved to this day as to whether, as the Hague Conventions stood in 1940, a warship could legitimately seek immunity from attack in neutral waters by widely varying its course to reach them.

Title: The Altmark Affair (British title 'The Navy's Here!')

Author Name: Frischauer, Willi; Robert Jackson

Categories: Military History, Law, WWII, Naval,

Publisher: Macmillan: 1955

ISBN Number: B0024D559C

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Good+

Size: 8.4 x 5.5 x .4

lbs: 1.00 lbs

Seller ID: 98486

Keywords: Military History::Naval Military History::WWII Law/True Crime::Law Hague Convention