Heroism, ingenuity and endurance in the chivalrous person and remarkable odyssey of Admiral Maximilian Von Spee of the German navy who was caught with his squadron in the South Pacific at the outbreak of World War I. He set out on the long journey home across oceans acknowledged to be the dominion of the British navy, dogged by the nightmarish problem of recoaling, and fully aware that he would certainly not make it. He didn't. But before he and his squadron (including his two sons) were shelled to oblivion by a more powerful force in one of history's great naval battles off the Falkland Islands, he had outwitted the British by an incredible distance. In spite of the fact that the enemy had many bases and he had none, he had sunk, off the Chilean coast, one fleet that had been sent to destroy him. He had every disadvantage except one: after one terse message wishing him good luck, the German high command left him alone. But his British pursuers were harried at every step by orders and counter-orders issued from the young and over-zealous First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill. By the author of The Great Dreadnought, and The Fleet That Had To Die, this is a series of action-splashed portraits of sea hunters and the quarry who refused an easy surrender. Spirited.