Hello everyone, I unfortunately have started out the month of April recovering from food poisoning that afflicted me on Sunday. As a result I took Monday off of school to recover, leaving me plenty of time to binge watch WW2 shows, and a good amount of time to read some books I haven't touched in a good while. I discovered, or in a way was re-educated on the Auxiliary Cruises in the war. I re-read the exciting exploits of the SMS Pinguin, and how it went on to sink 28 Allied ships. Then there was the tale of the legendary fight between the SS Stephen Hopkins and the SMS Stier, two Auxiliary Cruisers fighting to the death. "For the benefit of the uneducated among us".........Auxiliary Cruisers were transport ships that were modified to carry everything from 15cm guns, to 20mm Oerlikon AA, they would appear to be harmless transports, and when the hostile got close enough they opened fire, sinking or capturing the enemy vessel. In many ways, I see them as the pirates of WW2, a slightly dramatic and inaccurate view, but I like it nonetheless!