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Join the Australian National Maritime Museum and author Stephen Robinson to hear the story of how Nazi ‘pirates’ brought the Second World War to Australia’s doorstep: attacking harbours and sinking unsuspecting merchant ships while masquerading as harmless freighters.

Many Australians think of WWII as a conflict fought on foreign soil, and in remote oceans. Robinson’s new book, False Flags, turns that assumption on its head with spine-chilling stories of disguised German raiders operating in Australian waters. From Fremantle to Hobart, and from Newcastle to Apollo Bay, these raiders went to extraordinary lengths to conceal their true colours. Terrorising the South Seas, they slipped breathtakingly close to shore, mining the approaches to some of Australia’s major ports and shutting down shipping lanes while being hunted by the Australian Navy. Robinson also reveals the stories of the Allied sailors who encountered German raiders and fought battles against them, as well as the men, women and children who endured captivity on board as prisoners of the Third Reich.

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.

When: Thursday 17 November 2016, 2:00-4:00pm
Where: Museum Building, Australian National Maritime Museum
2 Murray Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: ANMM Members $10, General $20 (Includes afternoon tea) Book online now.
Contact: or 02 9298 3777

Image courtesy Exisle.