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They are calling the Germans in WW1 pirates... it not me or @Wehrkraftzersetzer and we have another captain pirate...



Captain Nerger wrote, “My orders are to disrupt enemy shipping in distant waters, to wage warfare on commerce, and to engage in other activities of war. We are the Kaiser’s pirates.” The “distant” and “pirate” part was correct, lending to the mission’s suicidal nature.
 

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They seem to be deemed pirates by history... does this not sound like a pirate in actions...


Horngarth clearly outmatched the German vessel, but von Luckner was not deterred. He signaled her as usual, asking for the time. She ignored him; something not uncommon among British steamers. But the Seeadler had another trick up her sleeve. They had rigged the galley house to appear as if it was on fire. Using a piece of magnesium and smoke, they set a fake fire in the center of the ship. The crew rushed about looking like they were putting it out, while the sailor Schmitt, came out playing the role of the captain’s wife Josefina again.

The British ship came closer to render aid, but as they drew near the scene in front of them completely changed. On von Luckner’s order, the German battle flag was run up the flagstaff, the fire was doused, and the riflemen who had been hiding under the ship’s rail popped up. Josefina threw off her dress and wig, and the sailor Schmitt reappeared, rushing to his station. Again, the deck rail dropped, revealing their cannon. A shot roared from the German ship, knocking out the radio antenna. The riflemen kept their weapons trained on the British 5-inch cannon, ready to shoot any sailor who approached it.
 

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They seem to be deemed pirates by history... does this not sound like a pirate in actions...


Horngarth clearly outmatched the German vessel, but von Luckner was not deterred. He signaled her as usual, asking for the time. She ignored him; something not uncommon among British steamers. But the Seeadler had another trick up her sleeve. They had rigged the galley house to appear as if it was on fire. Using a piece of magnesium and smoke, they set a fake fire in the center of the ship. The crew rushed about looking like they were putting it out, while the sailor Schmitt, came out playing the role of the captain’s wife Josefina again.

The British ship came closer to render aid, but as they drew near the scene in front of them completely changed. On von Luckner’s order, the German battle flag was run up the flagstaff, the fire was doused, and the riflemen who had been hiding under the ship’s rail popped up. Josefina threw off her dress and wig, and the sailor Schmitt reappeared, rushing to his station. Again, the deck rail dropped, revealing their cannon. A shot roared from the German ship, knocking out the radio antenna. The riflemen kept their weapons trained on the British 5-inch cannon, ready to shoot any sailor who approached it.
those ships were proper military vessels, you shouldn't believe what some guy writes, especially as headlines are often nonsense (and normally are not written by the author) - this 'article' has a the famous picture of sms seeadler flying the imperial navy's flag of war (pirates rarely identify as war vessels) and gabe christy rightfully calls graf luckner a german naval officer. the fact that the crew sported the nickname des kaisers piraten doesn't make them pirates - hanging them at sea which was quite customary for pirates would have been a warcrime.

you may want to read up on the legal aspects of naval warfare
 
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I want to point out they had a sailing ship of three mast, just like an old fashion pirate ship bout in the age of steam.

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Luckner tactics were pirate tactics...

These tactics would earn the Seeadler’s crew the nickname “Piraten des Kaisers” (The Kaiser’s Pirates).

Luckner should have been in Armor Cav. officer.

Von Luckner was born in Dresden in 1881, son to Count Heinrich von Luckner. The von Luckner family had made a name for themselves, 100 years earlier, as expert cavalry officers. Felix’s great-grandfather, Nicolas Von Luckner, had formed his own cavalry unit, and fought notably throughout the Napoleonic wars, eventually being awarded the title of Marshal of France. With this pedigree, it is understandable how confused Heinrich von Luckner must have been when his ill-behaved son told him he wanted to put to sea.
 

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I want to point out they had a sailing ship of three mast, just like an old fashion pirate ship bout in the age of steam.

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Luckner tactics were pirate tactics...

These tactics would earn the Seeadler’s crew the nickname “Piraten des Kaisers” (The Kaiser’s Pirates).

Luckner should have been in Armor Cav. officer.

Von Luckner was born in Dresden in 1881, son to Count Heinrich von Luckner. The von Luckner family had made a name for themselves, 100 years earlier, as expert cavalry officers. Felix’s great-grandfather, Nicolas Von Luckner, had formed his own cavalry unit, and fought notably throughout the Napoleonic wars, eventually being awarded the title of Marshal of France. With this pedigree, it is understandable how confused Heinrich von Luckner must have been when his ill-behaved son told him he wanted to put to sea.
  1. that's hardly an argument - the idea was to look 'innocent'
  2. armoured cav in ww I? good joke - german tanks were not considered cav in ww I so you are talking kürassiere (schwere reiter). as you can see the armour is already gone by then
  3. they were not - they did what every handelstörer (commerce raider ever did)
  4. i think i told you somewhere else everyone not cav is considered a black sheep in a cav family - if i had gone military, i'd been a black sheep, too
  5. it's really down to the law
 
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