German Battleships 1939–45 cover
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In this, the first of a five volume series covering the capital ships of the German Navy of World War II, Gordon Williamson examines the design, development and operational use of the battleships used by the Kriegsmarine. The 'Schlesien' and 'Schleswig-Hostein' were used mostly as training ships until the end of the war when they took part in bombardment of Soviet troop movements in East Prussia. The 'Scharnhorst' had a successful career until her sinking at the battle of the North Cape, and the 'Gneisenau' with her ignominious end as a block-ship. Bismarck's short but glorious career and Tirpitz's lonely vigil in Norway's distant Fjords until sunk by RAF bombers using the massive 'Tallboy' bombs are also covered.

Table of Contents

introduction · The Dreadnoughts · The Scharnhorst class · The Bismarck class · Fire control/rangefinding · Radar · Colour plate commentary · Index

Product details

Published Mar 11 2003
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781841764986
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 45 b/w; 26 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series New Vanguard
Short code NVG 71
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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