Felix von Luckner was a romantic hero of World War I, a dashing nobleman who commanded one of the last sailing ships to fight in war. In this week’s episode of the Futility Closet podcast we’ll describe Luckner’s uniquely civilized approach to warfare, which won admiration even from his enemies.
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Sources for our feature on Felix von Luckner:
Lowell Thomas, Count Luckner, The Sea Devil, 1928.
Edwin P. Hoyt, Count von Luckner: Knight of the Sea, 1969.
In all, Seeadler captured 16 ships totaling 30,099 tons between Dec. 21, 1916, and Sept. 8, 1917.
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